On Friday 1st March 2019, the St Paul’s Primary School uniform was looking a lot less red and leaning towards yellow! Of course this was to celebrate St David’s Day!
St David’s Day is celebrated on 1 March across Wales and the wider world. But who was St David? What was he famous for? And in which Shakespeare play is a character forced to eat a leek in his name? Here, a spokesperson for Cadw, the Welsh government’s historic environment service, reveals 16 facts about the patron saint.
As a young man, David became a monk. He is said to have founded a monastery in around the year 560, close to the place where he was born. The surrounding area (in Pembrokeshire, west Wales) is now known simply as ‘St Davids’. It’s believed that St Davids Cathedral and St Davids Bishop’s Palace are built on the site of the original monastery.
David became known as Dewi Dyfrwr (‘David the Waterdrinker’) because of his modest monk’s diet of bread and water. Even meat and beer were forbidden.
After he died, the Catholic Church made him a saint. St. David (Dewi Sant in Welsh) is the patron saint of Wales, and March 1, his feast day, is celebrated as a patriotic and cultural festival by the Welsh in Wales and around the world. … Later in life, David was made Archbishop.