St David's day
Dydd Gŵyl Dewi
St David was recognised as a saint by the Church in the 12th century and his shrine in St Davids Cathedral became a popular pilgrimage destination, Pope Calixtus II decreed that two pilgrimages to St David's were equivalent to one to Rome. In the late 14th century the feast day of St David, March 1st was celebrated in churches throughout Wales and England. The protestant reformation in the 16th century swept away the celebration of feast days in a time of great upheaval. St Davids Day as a celebration of welsh identity and culture was re-instated in the 18th century.
Today St Davids Day is celebrated by the Welsh across the world. In Wales schoolchildren wear traditional costume for the day and often take part in eisteddfodau, poetry and music competitions.