Welsh Events in Colorado, Articles, and Mythic Themes

Written and compiled by Edie Stone, Boulder, Colorado.

For information about the Colorado Welsh Society, The Red Dragon of Wales
visit www.ColoradoWelshSociety.org or on Facebook:
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The pages here offer background information and cultural or mythic themes related to the events offered by the CWS.

Interested in learning Welsh for 2 weeks in Wales this summer?
    www.welshheritageweek.org

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Celebrate St. Davids Day on March 2, 2014, with the Colorado Welsh Society

St. Davids 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 2, at 2:30 pm, at the Kirk of Bonnie Brae Church, 1201 South Steele St., Denver, 80210.

Choir practice will be at 1:30 pm. Please come join us if you like to sing in 4-part harmony. You will learn some phonetic Welsh, which is actually easier than it looks to sound out!

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 is free and open to the public, donations appreciated.

For information, visit www.ColoradoWelshSociety.org, email elism42@mindspring.com or call 303-427-7188.

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WEelsman Wearing
      Leek

Welshman John Pipe, proudly wearing a leek on St. Davids Day.
Photo c. 2010.Edie Stone

Background on St. Davids Day

Saint David is the Patron Saint of Wales, and his day is celebrated as a national holiday on March 1st. The Colorado Welsh Society plans their 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, and St. David was reputed to have lived on bread, water, watercress, and leeks. Traditionally leeks were used for preventing colds and healing wounds. If you ever bite into one, you will know that it is very assertive vegetable!  

Daffodils have become a national symbol only in the last two centuries, with backing from PrimeDaffodils on St. David's Day Minister David Lloyd George. There are poetic associations: the word “daffodil” resembles Dafydd  (David, in Welsh);  leek is cenhinen and daffodil is cenhinen pedr (or “Peter’s leek”). And the strong green of both leek and daffodil are a welcome promise of spring on the first of March, the traditional feast day of St. David.

Who was St. David?

St. David was born in South Wales about 542 AD, died on March 1, 589, and was canonized in 1120. According to legend, he was the grandson of Ceredig, Prince of Cardigan, which would make him an uncle to King Arthur. He founded a religious community on the west coast of Wales.  

St. Davids Cathedral became one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in medieval Britain. Built into a hillside, the floor slopes up 14 feet from the entry to the altar, which adds to the “uplifting” quality visitors experience inside the church.

St. Davids mother was St. Non. A chapel was built in her honor overlooking the Pembrokeshire Coast at the legendary site of Davids birth. A lovely well springs up nearby, which was also a pilgrimage site. There is also a hint that this area was a sacred site long before Christianity, as a stone circle once occupied the field where the ruins of Nons chapel now stand.

NOTE on apostrophes. Yes, I know, there should be an apostrophe between David and s. However, with Sea Monkey, that displays on Google, etc as a black diamond: David's. Quite annoying. Happens also with some "quotation marks" and other punctuation.

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