Celebrate Welsh Valentine’s Day

St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, which makes her the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine.  St Dwynwen’s Day is celebrated in Wales on 25 January.

The story of Dwynwen dates back to the 5th century when she fell in love with a Prince called Maelon Dafodrill, but her father was determined that she would marry another man. In order to mend her broken heart she devoted her life to God and founded a convent on the island of Llanddwyn, off the coast of Anglesey.  The remains of the church can still be seen today, and legend has it that a well on the island which contains sacred fish can predict the outcome of a relationship, and even how faithful your partner will be.

The popularity and celebration of St Dwynwen’s Day has increased considerably in recent years with special events, such as concerts and parties, often held and greetings cards printed. In 2003 The Welsh Language Board had bi-lingual English-Welsh cards printed which were distributed free by Tesco stores throughout Wales.

So now you can say I love you in Welsh ‘dwi’n dy garu di‘!

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