Valentine’s Day or St Dwynwen’s Day that is the question…..

Yesterday was a beautiful day here and apart from finishing off my drawings I found time to complete those house chores after having visitors for the weekend.  I love to cook and entertain but the clear up afterwards is always a pain…. but I guess its all worth it!!!

So today is Valentine’s Day, and I’ve woken with a smile and some nice messages, oh it’s nice being a bachelor 😉

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The origins of Valentines Day are mainly a mystery but has it’s roots in Roman tradition and of course, like everything else, made popular in Victorian Britain until it was ambushed by the States and is now a commercial affair rather than a romantic one.

I don’t understand why all countries don’t have their own romantic icons to celebrate rather than follow the commercial path. In Wales we have one of the oldest romantic tales and hence we celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day on 25 January.

Dwynwen was the prettiest of King Brychan Brycheiniog’s 24 daughters. She fell in love with a local lad called Maelon Dafodrill, but King Brychan had already arranged for her to marry another prince. Maelon took the news badly, so the distraught Dwynwen fled to the woods to weep, and begged God to help her. She was visited by an angel who gave her a sweet potion to help her forget Maelon, and turned him into a block of ice.

God then granted Dwynwen three wishes. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed; second, that God help all true lovers; and third, that she should never marry. In gratitude, Dwynwen became a nun, setting up a convent on Llanddwyn Island, a beautiful little spot on Anglesey. Her name means, ‘she who leads a blessed life’.

We celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day the same as Valentine’s Day. We exchange cards and gifts, gaze lovingly into each other’s eyes over candlelit dinners, take long walks on deserted beaches, run through meadows in slow-motion while holding hands, carve lovespoons, cwtch up in front of roaring log fires, and put on our smartest underwear. Just in case 😉

So what ever way you celebrate, enjoy the day, we are a bit like the Queen and her 2 birthdays, we get 2 love days in Wales…… but for true lovers, everyday is a love day!

 

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