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St David's Day is on 1 March.

St David's Day is celebrated in Wales on 1 March, in honour of St David, the patron saint of Wales.

St David was a Celtic monk, abbot and bishop, who lived in the sixth century. He spread the word of Christianity across Wales.

The national emblems of Wales are daffodils and leeks.

St David's Day is commemorated by the wearing of daffodils or leeks. Both plants are traditionally regarded as national emblems.

There are many explanations of how the leek came to be adopted as the national emblem of Wales. One is that St David advised the Welsh, on the eve of battle with the Saxons, to wear leeks in their caps to distinguish friend from the enemy.

On St David's Day, some children in Wales dress in their national costume, which consists of a tall black hat, white frilled cap and long dress - show picture

The national flag of Wales, depicting a fiery red dragon (Y Ddraig Goch) against a green and white background, is also flown - show picture

Make Daffodil Buttonholes

Games: NSEW Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales
St David story relay




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