Welsh Events in Colorado, Articles, and Mythic Themes
Written and compiled by Edie Stone, Boulder, Colorado.
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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?
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,
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
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,
or call 303-427-7188.
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 Prime 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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