In cel­e­bra­tion of a saint

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On 1 March, cel­e­bra­tions take place across Wales in hon­our of the coun­try’s pa­tron saint. St David lived in the 6th cen­tury, and was canon­ised in 1120. Lit­tle is known of his life, but he is thought to have trav­elled widely in Wales and Corn­wall, and pos­si­bly even to Jerusalem. He be­came an arch­bishop and founded St David’s Cathe­dral in Pem­brokeshire. To­day, to mark his name day, girls and women don tra­di­tional Welsh dress of red shawls and black chim­ney hats. Two of Wales’ na­tional em­blems, the daf­fodil and leek, are used as colour­ful ac­ces­sories dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions.

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