Every culture has their own unique traditions and takes on the more popular, cross cultural and international holidays. For the western world, there are a great number of Christian related holidays, including most notably Christmas and Easter. In addition, there are holidays that almost every country shares, like the day they became independent, worker holidays, and memorial days.
Every country adds to these in their own unique way. Of particular interest when looking at holidays is to examine those holidays celebrated in Wales. Located to the West of England and a part of the United Kingdom, Wales has a unique history, and unique holidays that combine old and new religious and cultural topics. Lets take a look at a few of the holidays. Specifically, lets look at the holidays in Wales dedicated to the numerous Christian saints that underlie the religion in the culture.
St. David’s Day
A very important day in Wales is St. David’s Day, which is celebrated on March 1st. St. David’s Day commemorates Saint David Welch, the patron saint of Wales. It is a very popular holiday within Wales, and is seen as much as a religious holiday as a cultural and national event, consisting of parties and celebrations. It is so important within Wales that many want it to become the national holiday. It’s also a great time to visit some of the amazing character properties. A particular favourite are the Wern Holiday Cottages, such as Tyn Llech and Carregfelen – visit http://walesholidaycottages.uk.com/ for details and offers.
Where as St. David’s Day is celebrated by the whole of Wales, Gwyl Mabsant is a celebration tailored to a very local level. Gwyl Mabsant is the celebration of each local area’s native saint. This often includes a program of recreational activities unique to each town and each saint. In addition, there is a dedication through prayer every year. Gwyl Mabsant is seen as a way for the entire town to come together and celebrate something important.
Dydd Santes Dwynwen
Where as the above two Welch Holidays are more or less unique to Wales, the Dydd Santes Dwynwen has numerous counterparts across the country. Dydd Santes Dwynwen is celebrated every January 25th, and is dedicated to the saint Dywnwen. The reason for the celebration is love, and as a result it is very much like the Welch version of the American St. Valentine’s Day.
Beyond these saint themed holidays, Wales also has any number of holidays dedicated to historically important Welch figures, as well as holidays to the various times of harvest and planting times for farmers.
For official Welsh bank holidays – go to https://www.gov.uk/bank-holidays