Similar to Valentine’s Day, St. Dwynwen’s Day is a Welsh holiday specially for loved ones. It’s a time for people to express their love for each other and to celebrate their relationships by exchanging gifts, cards, and messages of love to mark the occasion. If you’re looking for a unique way to show someone you care, why not plan something special for St. Dwynwen’s Day?
History of St. Dwynwen’s Day
Wales has a deep, rich history dating back thousands of years. The Celts arrived in Wales around 600 BC and the country was later conquered by the Roman Empire in 43 AD. After the fall of Rome, Wales was dominated by various tribes and kingdoms, including the Saxons and Normans. In the 13th century, Wales came under the control of the English Crown and remained so until the end of the Middle Ages.
Wales is part of the United Kingdom and its culture and language, Welsh, are protected by the devolved government of Wales, and Welsh people have a distinct national identity, customs and heritage.
Today, Wales is a modern, industrialized country, with a strong economy and a high standard of living. It is also known for its beautiful landscapes, including the Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons national parks.
St. Dwynwen’s Day is named after the Welsh patron saint of lovers, St. Dwynwen. According to legend, Dwynwen lived in the 5th century and was the daughter of a Welsh king. She fell in love with a man named Maelon Dyfodrull, but her father arranged for her to marry someone else. Heartbroken, Dwynwen prayed to God to forget her love for Maelon and to help others who were in love. Her prayer was answered, and she became a nun and devoted her life to God.
The exact origins of St. Dwynwen’s Day are uncertain, but it has been celebrated in Wales for hundreds of years. The day was officially recognized as a Welsh Saint day in the 16th century. The reason behind the creation of the day is to celebrate and remember the story of Saint Dwynwen, as well as to celebrate romantic love and relationships.
St. Dwynwen’s Day Timeline
The Mabinogion is written
Depicting chivalrous knights and fair maidens, and exploring themes of love, jealousy, and betrayal, The Mabinogion is a collection of Welsh tales and legends that includes some of the earliest known stories of courtly love in Europe.
Welsh Love Spoons
Carved by young men as a way to express their love and affection for young women, Welsh love spoons are intricately carved with symbols and motifs that have special meanings, such as a heart for love, a bell for a wedding, and a chain for faithfulness.
Romantic Poetry flourishes
Welsh poets begin to write poetry that celebrates romantic love and relationships. Poets such as Goronwy Owen and Huw Morus write about the joys and sorrows of love, and their work continues to be celebrated today.
St. Dwynwen’s Day gains popularity
Welsh people begin to exchange gifts and cards, in recognition of St. Dwynwen’s Day, to celebrate and honor the patron saint of love and to express their affection for one another.
How to Celebrate St. Dwynwen’s Day
St. Dwynwen’s Day is celebrated on January 25th every year and is celebrated by couples, friends, and family members who want to voice their love and affection for each other.
Here are a few ideas for how you and a loved one might want to celebrate St. Dwynwen’s Day:
Cook a Romantic Meal
Plan the menu together and spend the day preparing the food and setting the table. Light some candles, put on some soft music and enjoy each other’s company while savoring the delicious meal you’ve created. This will be a perfect chance to bond, while enjoying some delicious food.
Plan A Surprise Weekend Getaway
It could be a chance to escape the daily routine and spend some time with a loved one. You could find a quaint B&B in the countryside or book a cozy cabin in the woods, make it a surprise, and make it a perfect opportunity for relaxation.
Find a cause that is meaningful to both of you and give back to your community. Not only will you be making a difference in the lives of others, but you’ll also be strengthening your bond and making memories that will last a lifetime.
Couples Spa Day
Treat yourself and your partner to a couples spa day. Most spas offer special couples packages that include massages, facials, and other treatments. It’s a great way to unwind, and to spend some quality time together. Alternatively you can make a spa day at home, with a DIY massage, face mask, and bubble bath.