St David’s Day: 5 things you didn’t learn about the Patron Saint of

Across Wales, people will be celebrating St David’s Day in honour of the Welsh patron saint, and Google has actually marked the celebration with a Doodle.

Welsh schools will be holding eisteddfodau – music, tune and poetry competitors.

Some people even use leeks on their clothing to celebrate their patron saint.

This is not a public holiday in Wales or the rest of the UK.

Here are five things you might not know about St David:

1. St David was really Welsh

He was born around 500 ADVERTISEMENT in Caerfai in Pembrokshire, Wales to Sandde, Prince of Powys and Non, daughter of a chieftain.

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Comparing citizenship, St Andrew was Palestinian, St Patrick was a Romano-British missionary, while St George was a Roman soldier of Greek extraction.

Indeed, of the tutelary saint of the British Isles, only St David and St Patrick had actually gone to the country they are the tutelary saint for.

2. St David’s Day marks the date of his death

St David was the Welsh bishop for the city of Menevia, in Pembrokshire – now called St Davids.

According to historical sources, he passed away on 1 March,589 ADVERTISEMENT.

He was officially acknowledged as a saint by Pope Callixtus in 1120.

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3. St David was a vegetarian

Nicknamed the “water drinker”, St David only drank water and consumed only herbs, veggies and bread.

4. Welsh regiments eat raw leeks on 1 March

Historically Welsh regiments such as the Queen’s Dragoon Guards consume raw leeks to celebrate their patron saint.

Prior to a battle against the Saxons, legend has it, David recommended Welsh warriors to wear a leek in his hat so that they could distinguish themselves from their enemies.

Thus motivating the tradition of wearing leeks on his name day.

5. His sign is not the leek or daffodil

His sign is in fact a dove typically resting on a shoulder as he stands on a hill.

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