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St David's Day

1. The word ‘taffies’ is sometimes used to describe the Welsh folk but apparently has its origins in St David’s Day. It was the name given to ginger bread figures depicting a Welsh man riding a goat – they were traditionally baked on St David’s Day.

2. It used to be tradition that the children of Wales were given a half day holiday on St David’s Day.

3. The leek which you will see being worn with pride on St David’s Day is not a native vegetable of Wales. It was introduced by the Romans during their invasion.

4. St David’s Day has been an official celebration in Wales since the 18th century but has been celebrated for much longer.

5. The black and yellow flag seen on St David’s Day is believed to be the original Welsh flag.

6. Two pilgrimages to St David’s Cathedral are apparently akin to one pilgrimage to Rome.

7. The All Wales Coast Path plays a part in the history of St David’s Cathedral with many holy wells situated close to it’s route.

8. The costumes you may see being worn on St David’s Day have their origins in the 18th century.

9. St David’s Day is the only day when you are likely to see a thousand strong male voice choir singing at the St David’s Hall in Cardiff.

10. A favourite saying on St David’s Day is ‘Gwnewch y pethau bychain’ – do the little things. These were apparently St David’s last words.

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