St David – Patron Saint of Wales
On 1 March each year we celebrate our patron Saint, Dewi Sant or St David who died on that day in 589AD.
To mark the day, Welsh people around the world wear one or both of our national emblems - a daffodil or leek. We celebrate at special concerts and processions.
On St David’s Day we wear the leek to celebrate winning a battle against the Saxons in a field of leeks. Lucky it wasn’t a field of cows!
Dewi was educated in Cardiganshire and then went on pilgrimages, founding religious centres across Wales and England, including one at Glastonbury. He even travelled as far as Jerusalem, where he was made an archbishop.
He eventually settled at Glyn Rhosyn (now St Davids), in south west Wales, where he established a religious community. Many miracles have been attributed to him. The most incredible being when he caused the ground to rise beneath him when preaching so that everyone could see and hear him.
Just before he died, he told his devoted followers to: "Be cheerful and keep your faith and belief, and do the little things that you have heard and seen through me."
The Cathedral of St Davids in Pembrokeshire, where his remains are buried, became a popular place of pilgrimage. It was said that two pilgrimages to St Davids equalled one to Rome and three equalled one to Jerusalem.