Wales is a special place – and never more so than each March.

St David’s Day, which is held on March 1 each year, is the perfect time to visit this wonderful part of the planet. Celebrations go as far back as the 12th century.

Special events are held to commemorate the death of the 6th Century priest who went on to become the patron saint of Wales.

Parades are held in a number of towns and cities and many schools hold a day of celebrations, including musical performances and poetry recitals.

Wales holds a special place in our hearts – and it is impossible not to fall in love with the rugged Welsh coastline; distinctive language of its delightful people; and the strong and enduring Celtic culture.

We’ve spent time in northern and central Wales; in the vibrant capital city of Cardiff; and on the amazing Gower peninsula that is not only a highlight of the country’s south, but is also one of the great scenic treasures of Great Britain itself.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

If you haven’t walked in the green countryside and mountainous national parks of Wales – or stood in awe of its hauntingly beautiful coastal bays, we highly recommend a visit to this incredible part of the planet.

The culture and mysticism of the Welsh are traits to be envied and, despite the fast-pace and 24-hour-seven-day nature of modern life, these people will, on March 1, be out in force marking the death of the priest they call Dewi Sant way back in about 569 AD.IMG_0284

The leek, which is the national symbol of Wales, is often worn on Saint Davids Day

According to legend, when St. David was leading his people to victory against the Saxons, he commanded them to wear leeks in their hats to avoid being confused with the enemy.

In Wales people, particularly children, wear traditional Welsh costume on Saint David’s Day.

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Girls wear a petticoat and overcoat, made of Welsh flannel, and a tall hat, worn over a frilled bonnet.

Boys wear a white shirt, a Welsh flannel waistcoat, black trousers, long wool socks and black shoes. The outfits originated during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Children in Wales enjoy traditional Welsh dances, sing Welsh folk songs, recite Welsh poems, and take part in school concerts or eisteddfodau.

Alongside the red dragon on green and white, St David’s flags – with a yellow cross on a black background – are unfurled in public to help mark the occasion.

Traditional Welsh food such tea loaf, Welsh cakes or crampon pancakes are popular on St David’s Day.

Many sites of Welsh national heritage also open to the public.

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