St David’s Day

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the National St David's Day march in Cardiff last year

the National St David’s Day march in Cardiff last year

As has been the tradition in years past, if you are in Wales on St David’s Day, March 1st, then all Cadw sites will have free entry.

They won’t be alone.

The National Botanic Gardens in Carmarthenshire will also have free entry but for three days from Sunday, February 28 to Tuesday March 1. There is a Welsh craft and food fair on the Sunday as well as a programme of choral music from local choirs and traditional Welsh dancing. On St David’s Day itself, there will be music from harpist Shelley Fairplay, local folk duo Fiddlebox and the Carmarthen Ukulele Choir.

On St David’s Day itself, the big National St David’s Day Parade will take place in Cardiff and start outside Cardiff City Hall at 12.30pm. A mass singing of the national anthem, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, finishes the procession outside St David’s Hall where there will be a concert from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in the evening.

There will be other parades in Swansea, Aberystwyth, Wrexham, Llandudno, Pwllheli (on the 27th of February) and Colwyn Bay to name just a few.

For those unfamiliar with Cadw, this is the organisation that looks after heritage sites in Wales. They have hundreds in their care and, until Easter, many that are unstaffed are free. The big fourteen that are open and staffed all year round will be free and some will have events. Take Caerphilly Castle for example. It will also host a Welsh Craft Fair and an evening concert featuring poetry reading from the works of Dylan Thomas and Roald Dahl, and Welsh songs sung by the Aber Valley Male Voice Choir.

There will also be special events at the different sites of the National Museum of Wales and at the cathedral town of St David’s itself in the very west of Pembrokeshire there will be the annual Pilgrims’ Walk to the St David’s Stone. In fact in almost every town and village in Wales there will be something hapening.

The biggest celebration in the United Sates takes place in Los Angeles organised by the Welsh League of Southern California where there will be music poetry readings and typical food like cawl and Welsh cakes. But not on march 1st. their event will be on March 13th. At Disneyland Paris there will be a whole week of Welsh themes and there will be celebrations in Patagonia, Canada, New Zealnd  and even the Ukraine where coal miners  set up home in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

But in Canberra, Australia’s capital there will be celebrations as well. There the Welsh community uses St Andrew Church in the Canberra suburb of Forrest. Couldn’t they change the name to St David Church at least for March 1st?

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