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Wales honours its sacred son on St David’s Day

On March 1st each year the principality of Wales celebrates the life of its patron saint David.

St David’s Day sees thousands of proud people turn out for parades and festivities up and down the country.

Many will know of the customs observed on the special day, such as the wearing of leeks or daffodils, which are both emblems of Wales.

But the real focus is a celebration of national identity, through the reflection on the man after whom the day is named.

During his life in the 6th century, St David dedicated himself to spreading the Christian mission throughout Wales, giving rise to the widespread adoption of that religion all over the country.

As well as the customary adornments on one’s dress, the Welsh dragon flag is flown even more prominently than usual and traditional food and drink are consumed on this most important feast.

Wales is known for having some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere in the UK. Across the country many people are dedicated to maintaining the use of the Welsh language, which is one of the oldest in the world.

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