We have a number of traditions to celebrate St David’s Day here in Wales, from what we wear to what we cook, but what are the origins of some of these traditions? What are your traditions for celebrating on March 1st.
Both the daffodil and the leek are associated with celebrating St David’s Day, but why? The Leek being the oldest of both traditions, historians believe that the leek was given to the Tudor guards to be worn on March 1st in honor of the patron saint. Some also say that the 7th Century King of Gwynedd, Cadwaladr, ordered his soldiers to wear leeks to identify them.
Whatever the reason we all seem to have adopted the tradition and they are tasty in our Dragon Vintage Welsh Cheddar and Leek.
The Daffodil is a common sight in Wales now. As a way of celebrating St David’s Day, in the 19th century the Daffodil became the more popular alternative to the leek, with Welsh born Prime Minister David Lloyd George being an advocate of the daffodil. The tradition might also come from the appearance of the daffodil in early spring coinciding with March 1st.
In Wales we have many foodie traditions for this time of year as well, either a leek and potato soup, cawl, welsh cakes or bara brith or even a Welsh Rarebit.
This year is quite special, with St David’s Day coinciding with Pancake Day. Combine your celebrations in style this year with our Vintage Cheddar and Leek pancakes!
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