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A Leek or a Daffodil

By Linda Tancs

The Brits celebrate St. George.  The Scots revere St. Andrew.  What about the Welsh?  Their patron saint is St. David, and 1 March marks St. David’s Day.  Declared a national day of celebration in the 18th century, the first day of March was chosen to commemorate the saint’s death on that day in 589.  Many miracles are attributed to Dewi Sant (St. David), who reputedly caused the ground to rise beneath him so he could be heard and seen by the congregation.  The capital city of Cardiff will host its annual parade on 1 March beginning at 12:30 p.m. outside City Hall.  The national emblems, leeks and daffodils, are typically worn on that day.


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