Roses are Red, Violets are Blue,
Wales is the land of lovers
But there's a lot of heartache I tell you.
It’s safe to say that February 14th is a day in our calendars that has a firm place in our hearts…(or not). But did you know that here in Wales we have our very own day of love; Dydd Santes Dwynwen/ Saint Dwynwens Day, celebrated every year on January the 25th
Who is St Dwynwen?
Dwynwen; pronounced 'dooIN-wen', is the Welsh Patron Saint of love! However, Dwynwen's story is a far cry away from our red rose hallmark celebration we see today, in fact Saint Dwynwen was very unlucky in love. It is said that Dwynwen fell madly in love with local lad Maelon Dafodrill, however, in true folklore romcom fashion, her father, King Brychan Brycheiniog’s forbade his daughter’s love for Maelon and prearranged her to marry a Prince from away. Dwynwen, being utterly devastated, (rightly so) ran away into a nearby forest and prayed to the gods to aid her healing from heartbreak. Angels visited Dwynwen, giving her a potion to ease her heart ache (we prefer a glass of pinot!) & granted three wishes to which she chose the following.
- To turn Maelon into ice.
- To never ever marry.
- That the gods help lovers be true and honest to themselves.
As a gesture of appreciation to the gods, Dwynwen fled to Anglesey away from the seduction of local lads, and joined a local nunnery (as you do) where she lived the last of her days. Though Dwynwen froze the slush puppy out of her ex-lover she was named Wales’s Patron Saint of Love.
St Dwynwens day isn’t just for loved up couples, it’s encouraged to be celebrated with family, friends, strangers and furrballs alike! Here’s some inspiration for you!
Make it – Here in Wales making hearty meals is defiantly our love language, notably Welsh cakes ;)
We have the perfect affordable & simple recipe of Welsh rarebit for you to try at home.
250g cheddar cheese Welsh Caerphilly or Hafod cheese work well
70ml ale or beer
1.5tbsp Worcestershire sauce
20g unsalted Welsh butter melted
1tbsp English mustard or 1 tsp English mustard powder
4thick slices good quality bread
Lightly toast the bread under a preheated grill or in a toaster.
In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the grated cheese, beer or ale, butter, Worcestershire sauce and English mustard. Stir until thoroughly combined.
Spread a generous layer of the mixture over each slice of toast, ensuring it covers the crusts too.
Transfer each slice onto a baking tray and place directly underneath the grill for five minutes or so, until golden brown and bubbling.
Carefully remove from the oven, cut each slice in half and serve hot, either alone or teamed with a crisp green salad and rich, fruity chutney.
Explore It – St Dwynwen is also the patron saint of sick animals, so why not take a stroll in your local park, beach, forest, or mountains with your favourite furry friends. Take a moment to appreciate what Wales’s breath-taking landscapes have to offer.
Dw i’n dy garu di. - I love you.
Cwtch/Cwtsh – Cuddle
Cariad – Love, Darling
Cusana fi – Kiss me
Dydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus Pawb
Written by Angharad Tudor