PLEIDIOL WYF I’M GWLAD

PLEIDIOL WYF I’M GWLAD ("True am I to my country" – from the chorus of the Welsh National Anthem).

 

flag of Wales

 

Happy St. David’s Day! ( oops. It was March 1st…)

 

For centuries the first of March has been a national festival. St David was recognised as a national patron saint at the height of Welsh resistance to the Normans.

To celebrate this day, people wear a symbol of either a leek, spring onion or daffodil. The leek is patriotic, arising from an occasion when a troop of Welsh were able to distinguish each other from a troop of English enemy dressed in similar fashion by wearing leeks. An alternative emblem developed in recent years is the daffodil, used and preferred over the leek by the British Government as it lacks the overtones of patriotic defiance associated with the leek  (Thank you Wikipedia.)

leeks                 daffodils

 

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