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St Davids Day: A day trip to the smallest city in the U.K



St David's Day, the patron saint day of Wales, falls each year on March 1, with a range of celebratory events.


If you want to say 'Happy St David's Day' in Welsh? It's Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus - pronounced Deethe goo-eel Dew-ee happ-iss.


Recognised annually since the 12th century, St Davids day is the first day of the year we Britons celebrate one of our patron saints and marks the date of St David's supposed death in 589 AD.


St David is the patron saint of Wales - as well as the patron saint of doves. Also known as Dewi Sant in Welsh. He was born in Caerfai in Pembrokeshire, Wales to Sant, a prince of Cardigan, and St Non, the daughter of a chieftain in around 500 AD. He was recognised as a national patron saint at the height of Welsh resistance to the Normans.


St David studied under St Paulinus in Cardigan before he went on pilgrimages, travelling to Wales, Cornwall, Britanny, Ireland and Jerusalem, where he was made an archbishop.


While little is known about St David's life, he is known for performing miracles. His most famous miracle was when he was preaching to a large crowd at the Synod of Brefi and raised the ground beneath him into a hill so his sermon could be heard by all.


In medieval times, St David was thought to be the nephew of King Arthur. In some stories, it is his mother who was the niece of King Arthur. Legend also says that St Patrick foresaw David's birth.