St David’s Day (Dydd Dewi Sant)

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By Rebecca WallisAssistant Editor, Literacy Time PLUS

Original article published 23 February 2009

Saint David, (Dewi Sant) is the patron saint of Wales who lived in the middle of the 1st Century


History of Saint David
Saint David’s Day celebrations
Welsh cakes recipe

History of Saint David

Because he lived so long ago, we don’t know very much about Saint David, but in the 11th century a man called Rhygyfarch, the son of the bishop of St David’s Cathedral, wrote an account of his life based upon books found in the cathedral, telling stories about him that may be true, or may be based on legend and myth.

David was born in Wales into the royal family of Ceredigion. No one is sure of his exact birthday, but it is thought that he was born some time before 500AD. One story about him says that when he was baptised, the blind man holding him was cured by the water used for his baptism, and a spring of fresh water came from the ground.

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  1. jade
    on 2 March 2017


    it was amazing try to sum it up shorter

    4out of 5