Welsh Events in Colorado, Articles, and Mythic Themes
Written and compiled by Edie Stone, Boulder, Colorado.
For information about the Colorado Welsh Society,
The pages here offer background information and cultural or
themes related to the events offered by the CWS.
Celebrate St. David’s Day on March 3, 2013,
with the Colorado Welsh Society
St. David’s Day is the national festival day of Wales, and is
celebrated world-wide, from Cardiff to Patgonia.
Here in Colorado, you can join with the Colorado Welsh Society in
celebrating Welsh music and culture on Sunday, March 3, at 2:30 pm,
the Kirk of Bonnie Brae Church, 1201 South Steele St., Denver,
The program will feature sacred and patriotic music and poetry in
English and Welsh. Members of the Colorado Welsh Chorale will
perform, and the
audience is invited to join in singing favorite Welsh hymns.
A potluck dinner follows, please bring something to share. The event
free and open to the public, donations appreciated.
For information, visit www.ColoradoWelshSociety.org,
or call 303-427-7188.
Welshman John Pipe, proudly
leek on St. David's Day.
Photo ©2010.Edie Stone
Background on St. David’s Day
Saint David is the Patron Saint of Wales, and his day is celebrated
a national holiday on March 1st. The Colorado Welsh Society plans
festivities for the first Sunday in March each year.
Why leeks and daffodils?
Leeks were worn by the Cymru or Welsh, the original Britons, to
distinguish their side from the invading Saxons. They were a
nutritious mainstay in the diet of the common people during Lent,
St. David was reputed to have lived on bread, water, watercress, and
leeks. Traditionally leeks were used for preventing colds and
wounds. If you ever bite into one, you will know that it is
Daffodils have become a national symbol only in the last two
with backing from Prime Minister David Lloyd
George. There are
associations: the word “daffodil” resembles Dafydd
leek is cenhinen and daffodil is cenhinen pedr (or
And the strong green of both leek and daffodil are a welcome promise
spring on the first of March, the traditional feast day of St.
Who was St. David?
St. David was born in South Wales about 542 AD, died on March 1,
and was canonized in 1120. According to legend, he was the
Ceredig, Prince of Cardigan, which would make him an uncle to King
Arthur. He founded a religious community on the west coast of
St. David’s Cathedral became one of the most popular pilgrimage
in medieval Britain. Built into a hillside, the floor slopes
feet from the entry to the altar, which adds to the “uplifting”
visitors experience inside the church.
St. David’s mother was St. Non. A chapel was built in her
overlooking the Pembrokeshire Coast at the legendary site of David’s
birth. A lovely well springs up nearby, which was also a
site. There is also a hint that this area was a sacred site
before Christianity, as a stone circle once occupied the field where
the ruins of Non’s chapel now stand.
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