It’s the biggest day of the Welsh calendar: St Davids Day - March 1st.

In celebration of Dewi Sant or St David, the patron saint of Wales, the whole country is swathed in red, white and green and either a leek or daffodil is worn with huge pride.

No more so than in the city of St Davids or ‘Glyn Rhosyn, the small hamlet where Dewi established a monastery on the site of the now St Davids Cathedral.

St Davids Cathedral

Celebrations begin on March 1st with the Pilgrims Walk from St Non’s Chapel, where St David is said to have been born during a violent storm, to Cross Square for the Bishops’s Blessing, followed by prayers at the shrine of St David in the cathedral.

Then the children of the city take over for the Dragons’ Parade from Oriel y Parc, armed with their handcrafted dragons they parade through the streets.

Dragon parade St Davids

In the south of the county Saundersfoot is holding its annual Cawl by the Sea competition, where restaurants compete to produce the best dish of Cawl judged on the taste test by the public.

Cawl? (pronounced cowell as in Simon Cowell!) It’s consider to be the national dish of Wales and is a bit like soup or broth. It dates back to the 14th Century, traditionally eaten in the winter months and made from lamb and root vegetables including, of course, leeks; it’s delicious.

Loulou _Cawl _HR-2

If you can’t make it to Wales for St Davids Day, try making a bowl of cawl at home. Chef Lou has shared her secret recipe for a really tasty bowl of Wales’ national dish. Enjoy.

St Davids makes a perfect city break, there is so much to pack in - check out our ideas for 48 hours in St Davids, the smallest city in Britain.

Happy St David's Day /  Dydd Gwŷl Dewi (Sant) hapus

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