St. David's Day

St. David's Day (Saint David's Day) — the patron saint of Wales — one of the most important festivals for the people of Wales and is celebrated as a patriotic and cultural festival of Wales across the world. Honor the saint will not only Welsh, but residents of other countries, whose ancestors lived in Wales. In New York, the Empire State Building will be illuminated in green, red and white colors.

Many of the prophets said that the birth of St. David's it was predicted many miracles. March 1 is the day of David's death. St. David's Day is celebrated as a religious festival in the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. In the 18th century, this day has become a national festival of Wales, and is so to this day.

For information about St. David's, church figures of the second half of the 6th century, have survived from the work of a Rigifarka, who lived in the late 11th century . As legend has it, 30 years before the birth of David to Saint Patrick angel descended and told him that he would be born in Wales, the great saint.

On this day, everywhere visible image of St. David (Photo: Sarycheva Olesia, Shutterstock) St. David's father was a prince named Sand. The mother, whose name was Non, too, had noble roots. There is a theory that she was the niece of King Arthur. Sand asked the Non hand, he was denied, but he could not contain his attraction to the girl. According to legend, when the boy was born, lightning pierced the sky and smashed the rock in half.

Monk named Peacock was the teacher of St. David's. Monk was blind. David heal monk, in the autumn of the cross. David Peacock blessed to preach Christianity in Britain, educate the ancient Celts. It is believed that during the years of wandering, David founded 12 monasteries. David called holy monks lead a modest life and work hard.

The fame of St. David's still alive scattered across Britain. His hut has become a place of pilgrimage. One of the most famous legends about Saint David tells us that during his address to the congregation the ground under his feet rose, forming a hill. In the year 640, between the Welsh, led by the King of Wales Kadvalladera (Cadwallader) and the Saxons battle took place, during which the Welsh St. David suggested to attach to hats stalks of leeks, to distinguish themselves from their enemies. The battle was won.

It is believed that David founded 12 monasteries (Photo: Martin Tomanek, Shutterstock) St. David in 1120 was canonized by the Roman Church as the high priest, to Christianize the Celtic tribes, and the leek became the emblem of the glory of Wales.

On this day, everywhere visible image of St. David with a dove on his shoulder — a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Many Welsh attached to clothing national symbols — the daffodil or leek. In Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, festive events, and on the tables in each Welsh family is a traditional soup made from leeks — Cawl Cennin. Children come to school that day dressed in national costumes. And teenagers are usually fine choral singing contests.