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Happy Welsh Valentine’s Day for the 25th!

Cari ti! Only a few days now until Welsh Valentine’s Day. Have you bought your loved one a present yet?

St Dwynwen’s Day

St Dwynwen’s Day is held on the 25th of January every year and is extremely popular in her home county, Anglesey. St Dwynwen’s Day is named after the Welsh patron saint of lovers whose name ‘Dwynwen’ translates as ‘she who leads a blessed life’.

Source: Wikipedia

The Story of Dwynwen

Dwynwen was one of Welsh King Brychan Brycheiniog’s 24 daughters and the prettiest at that! Despite being betrothed to another she fell in love with a man named Maelon Dafodrill. Realising they could never be together Dwynwen prayed to God to ask for the ability to forget about Maelon and their bond.
That night while she slept an angel visited her and gave her a potion that would grant her wish but as a result Maelon would turn into a block of ice. Distraught Dwynwen yet again prayed to God and he decided to give her 3 wishes. Her first wish was for Maelon to be thawed, the second that God should meet the needs of all lovers and thirdly that she should never marry.
With her wishes come true Dwynwen devoted her life to serving God. She set up a convent on Llianddwyn island, off the coast of Anglesey, ruins of which can still be seen today. Since Dwynwen’s 5th century death and the tale began, young Welsh lovers have made her convent a place of pilgrimage. Next to the convent is Dwynwen’s Well which is believed to be home to sacred fish who can predict the future success or failure of a couple’s relationship. If the fish are active then this is a sign of a faithful partner.

The Perfect Present

If you haven’t bought your other half a present for Welsh Valentine’s Day yet then here are a few suggestions:
•    A love spoon – You could always try whittling one yourself but if you aren’t a dab hand with a chisel you can buy one of these in all Welsh shops or online. If you are unfamiliar with love spoons then you should know these decorative spoons are not for eating. They were once used as a romantic gift to a crush. The shapes are symbols of love and it is a display of the carver’s skill.
•    Flowers – Ok so a bunch of flowers is the obvious choice but have you thought about giving the gift of the Welsh national flower. Daffodils are beautiful and sunny and can brighten up any home during this dreary weather. Invest in artificial blooms and your gift will last much longer.
•    Something soft and cuddly – Decorative pillows are always a great gift for home décor conscious individuals or invest in a potpourri stuffed heart to make the home smell nice. You can have them embroidered with personal touches such as ‘cwtch’ meaning hug, ‘Yn fy nghalon am byth’ which is forever in my heart or ‘Wastad yn fy nghalon’ always in my heart.
•    Clogau gold – If you are feeling very generous then you could give the gift of Welsh Clogau gold. Lovely!
So have you decided on a present now? Dydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus!

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