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Welsh Valentines Day

‘Rwy’n dy garu di ‘ (I love you). One more reason to celebrate love. St Dwynwen’s Day. Dwynwen means “she who leads a blessed life”.

The prettiest of 24 daughters, St Dwynwen did not have her father’s blessings to marry her true love, Maelon Dafodrill. She had been promised to another gentleman. Distraught, Dwynwen fell asleep and was visited by an angel who carried a potion to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into an ice block. Deprived of her true love, Maelon, she pleaded with God to make her forget Maelon.  God then granted her 3 wishes. One was to thaw Maelon, God grants the wishes of all true lovers to be together and  that she should never remarry.

The Welsh mark this day with their version of Valentine’s day. So now, we have a choice, a pre Valentine’s day called St Dwynwen’s Day and Valentine’s Day itself.  In true religious tradition, should you ever be in Wales, do make a visit to the convent on Llanddwyn off the West coast of Anglesey. This is the convent that St Dwynwen built. Legend has it that the well is home to sacred fish who can predict if a couples’ relationships will succeed; if the fish are seen to be active when visiting the well, it was seen as a sign of a faithful husband.

Saint Dwynewn herself could have never foreseen the entire commercial value of a day for lovers.  A Welsh love spoon is traditionally given as a Santes Dwynwen’s day gift. Perhaps symbolically, it does not matter how expensive a gift you buy but rather the tradition that goes with the occasion. In 2007, the world’s largest ever love spoon was carved and measures 44ft.

 

Love gives us more reason to celebrate. When we read and appreciate the sacrifices and depth of love through the centuries… all the more every reason to celebrate Love should be enjoyed.

 

A spoon, anyone?

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