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Mwynhewch y gorau o Gymru - Enjoy the very best of Wales!

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28 Feb

Why are the Leek and the Daffodil the Symbols of Wales? Six Fun Facts for St. David's Day

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Ever wondered why we wear leeks or daffodils on St. David's Day? Here are six fun facts.

Silver Leek Brooch

1. Because Leeks Win Battles

It all started with the leek. This was the original symbol of Wales and, as legend has it, originated from a great battle against the Saxons. St. David (or some sources say The C7th king of Gwynedd, Cadwaladr) advised the Welsh to wear leeks in their hats to show which side they were on. It must have worked well, as the battle was won! 


2. Because Shakespeare Said So

The leek is mentioned as the symbol of Wales as early as William Shakespeare’s Henry V. There is additional evidence that shows Tudor guards wore leeks in their hats on 1st March to honour our patron saint.

3. Because Yum

We also grow lots of leeks - and they taste lovely (perfect in cawl!) Not sure about eating them raw, which is what soldiers of the Welsh regiments traditionally eat every St. David's Day!


welsh daffodil brooch

4. Because Daffodil Smaffodil

But what about the daffodil? This may have been an accident! The Welsh for leek is Cenhinen, which can be easily confused with the Welsh for daffodil, Cenhinen Pedr, which translates to "Peter's Leek". Eventually, as late as the C19th, it became the second symbol of Wales.

 


5. Because the Prime Minister Said So

David Lloyd George (the only Welsh Prime Minister from 1916-22) was said to be an advocate for them, as their beautiful bloom would often coincide with St. David's Day.

6. Because Daffodils are used for Drugs

Another interesting link is that daffodils are grown in Wales to produce galantamine, a drug for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

So wear your leek or daffodil with pride this St. David's Day, and now you know the story behind our emblems!

18 Aug

New Personalised Bangle! Favourite Welsh Phrases & Words Inspiration

Posted by Becca Hemmings

We love these handmade Welsh bangles by Bodoli! 

Our personalised option makes an extra special gift as are completely unique. You can choose a name, date or perhaps your favourite Welsh phrase with up to 37 characters (20 for children)

Looking for inspiration? How about these lovely Welsh phrases / words, all 37 characters and under:

Werth y Byd - Worth the world
Ffrindiau - Friends
Cariad - Love / Sweetheart
Mae'r holl fyd o fewn dy afael - The whole world is within your reach
Caru ti i'r lleuad a nol - Love you to the moon and back
Gwreiddiau i dyfu ac adennydd i hedfan - Roots to grow and wings to fly
Mi gerddaf gyda thi - I will walk with you
Dwy law yn erfyn - Two hands praying (a song, link here)
Mae pont i groesi pob anhawster - There is a bridge to cross every difficulty
Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi - This land of my fathers is dear to me (from National Anthem)
Gwlad, Gwlad, pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad - Land! Land! I am true to my land!  (from National Anthem)




01 Mar

Welsh Google Doodles - St. David's Day

Posted by Becca Hemmings
Here are all the Welsh Google Doodles for St. David's Day. Which is your favourite? I think I like 2013's the best!

Diolch o galon Google for the doodles!

2018

google doodle 2018

2017
google doodle saint david's day
2016
google doodle 2016
2015
google doodle welsh 2015
2014
Welsh Google Doodle 2014
2013
Welsh Google Doodle 2013
2012
Welsh Google Doodle 2012
2011
Welsh Google Doodle 2011
2010
Welsh Google Doodle 2010
2009
Welsh Google Doodle 2009
2008
Welsh Google Doodle 2008
2007
Welsh Google Doodle 2007
2006
Welsh Google Doodle 2006
2004
Welsh Google Doodle 2004

 

13 Jan

Hen Galan - Happy 'Welsh' New Year!

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Today, 13th January, is Hen Galan, a Welsh celebration for the 'old new year'. Here are some fun facts!

  • 'Hen Galan' is the Welsh for 'old new year'
  • It follows the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian.
  • It is still celebrated in Cwm Gwaun, Pembrokeshire.
  • Traditionally it was a bigger celebration than Christmas!
  • Children sing for 'Calennig'; New Year gifts of sweets, fruit and money.
  • The men celebrate with Mari Lwyd, where they chant through the village with a decorated horse’s skull.
  • When the men visit your house and you cannot recite a verse, the group of men will invite themselves (or are often welcomed) in for food and celebrations!
  • The main reason for celebrating is to bring the villagers together, and to have a good time of course!
  • You can find a traditional Hen Galan song below:
Blwyddyn Newydd dda i chi
 / A happy new year to you
Ac i bawb sydd yn y tŷ
 / And to everyone in the house
Dyma fy nymuniad i / This is my wish
Blwyddyn Newydd dda i chi
 / A happy new year to you

 

 

 

24 Nov

Welsh Baby Boy & Girl Names from The Mabinogion / Welsh Folk Tales

Posted by Becca Hemmings

These Welsh stories are known as the oldest prose in British literature and were compiled in the 12th–13th centuries by medieval Welsh storytellers. There are some beautiful Welsh names for both girls and boys listed below, but be sure to research the meaning!

Boy's Names

  • Amaethon / Amaethaon - An agricultural deity
  • Arawn - King of the otherworld
  • Avaon / Adaon - Son of Taliesin
  • Beli - Son of Mynogan
  • Bendigeidfran - A King, son of Llŷr
  • Brân - Brân the Blessed
  • Canaid - A sorcerer. It may mean "speaker of poetry"
  • Caradog - Son of Bran
  • Caswallon - Son of Beli
  • Culhwch - A hero connected with Arthur
  • Dylan - A Sea Hero
  • Efnisien / Evnissyen - Tragdic twin of Nisien
  • Efrawg - Father of Peredur
  • Elffin / Elphin - Foster father of Taliesin
  • Erbin - Father of Geraint
  • Euroswydd - Father of Nisien and Efnysien
  • Geraint - One of King Arthur's men
  • Gofannon / Govannon - A metal worker
  • Goronwy - The lover of Blodeuwedd
  • Gwern - The son of Matholwch
  • Gwyddno - Father of Elffin
  • Gwydion / Gwydyon - A magician, means "born of trees"
  • Gwynn - There are several Gwynn's in the Mabinogion
  • Gwyon - Servant of Ceridwen
  • Gilfaethwy - Son of the goddess Dôn
  • Heveydd - Rhiannon's father
  • Llefelys - Lludd's brother
  • Lleu - Meaning fair or light
  • Lludd - A king and hero
  • Llŷr - Father of Brân, Brânwen and Manawydan
  • Macsen - An emperor of Rome
  • Madog - Prince of Powys
  • Mallolwch - Married Branwen
  • Manawydan - Son of Llŷr. A skilled warrior
  • Math - A king of Gwynedd and a magician
  • Mathonwy - Math's father
  • Morfran / Afagddu - The hideous son of Ceridwen!
  • Mynogan - Father of Beli
  • Nisien / Nissyen - twin brother of Efnisien
  • Nudd - A ruler
  • Pebin - Father of Goewin
  • Peredur - The son of Efrawg
  • Pryderi - A king of Dyfed
  • Pwyl - A king of Dyfed who pursues and finally marries Rhiannon.
  • Rhonabwy - One of Madog's men
  • Taliesin - The renowned bard
  • Tegid / Tegil - Husband of Ceridwen

Girl's Names

  • Anghard - The lover of Peredur.
  • Aranrhod - The daughter of Beli Mawr, and mother of the twins
  • Blodeuwedd / Blodeudd - Lover of Goronwy. Created out of flowers
  • Branwen - Daughter of Llŷr. Means "fair raven"
  • Ceridwen - The enchantress and mother of Taliesin
  • Creirwy - The beautiful daughter of Ceridwen
  • Dôn - A Goddess
  • Goewin - Daughter of Pebin
  • Kigva - Daughter of Gwynn
  • Luned - Rescued the knight Owain.
  • Olwen - the beautiful daughter of the giant Ysbaddaden Pencawr
  • Penarddun - Wife of Llŷr, means "Most Fair"
  • Rhiannon - Means 'Great Queen'

This is a list in progress, please comment below if you know of anymore!


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