Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Happy Valentines Day???

Now I know what you're all thinking... Why am I following this blog, the woman's mad!!! Everyone knows Valentine's Day isn't until the 14th Febuary

So I'm going to let you into a little secret... one that's closely guarded by the Welsh...

We have our OWN Valentine's day, every year on the 25th January and you will often hear people in Wales saying "Dwi'n dy garu di (I love you)" as they wish each other a Happy St Dwynwen Day.

But who was Dwynwen and why do the Welsh celebrate her day?

Dwynwen lived during the 5th centuary and was one of King Brychan Brucheiniog's 24 daughters and also the prettiest. Now the King arranged for Dwynwen to marry another prince, but Dwynwen had fallen in love with Maelon Dafoldrill. Her father was furious and forbade Dwynwen to marry Maelon, insisting she married the groom he had chosen. 

Dwynwen was distraught and begged God to help her forget him and in her sleep she was visited by an angel who brought a sweet potion designed to make her forget Maelon and turn him into a block of ice. 

God then gave Dwynwen three wishes. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed, her second was that she would never marry and her third was that God would meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers. God agreed to her wishes and as a mark of thanks Dwynwen gave her life to God and became a nun, living the rest of her life in His service, founding a convent in Llanddwyn, Anglesey (an island in North Wales) where she lived until her death in 465AD. 

Visitors often make a pilgrimage to a well named after her, amongst the remains of Dwynwen's church, where they believe the sacred fish or eels that live in the well can tell whether their relationship will last and if happiness wil be theirs.

So why wait until St Valentine's Day to tell your loved one "Dwi'n dy garu di (I love you)"

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