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Happy St Dwynwen’s Day!

By Evie W

On the 25th of January each year, there is a day of celebration of love in Wales and the world. In this article, I'm going to explain the basic story of St Dwynwen.

St Dwynwen was a 5th century celtic princess who lived on the ground of Brecon Beacons. She was the daughter of king Brychan Brycheiniog who ruled Brycheiniog (Breconshire). St Dwynwen fell in love with a prince called Maelon Dafodrill but when her father said he had already made arrangements for her to marry someone else, her heart was shattered and she vowed to become a nun so that she wouldn't feel the pain of rejection again.

Dwynwen was granted three wishes, firstly she wished for Maelon to be thawed from the ice, secondly she wished for happiness and love for everyone in Wales and lastly she wished to never fall in love or marry as she never wanted to feel pain again. She wanted to grant better luck to the people of Wales in hope they would find ‘the one’. Dwynwen felt like she wanted to help people so she became a nun. She was also the patron saint of sick animals. To this day, her choices and her goals are not forgotten.

St Dwynwen's Day or 'Dydd Santes Dwynwen' in Welsh, is celebrated in much like Valentine's Day. Love spoons are traditionally given as gifts as are cards and chocolates.

So, if you have a special someone give them a lovely surprise and remind them of the Welsh tale of St Dwynwen.


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