- 8 years ago
- Wedding: February 2012
FYI Tomorrow is 25th January, and is the day we celebrate the Welsh Patron Saint of Love. St Dwynwen. She was the daughter of a Welsh Kind in the 5th Century. This is an extract from a group for St Dwynwen with her story:
“Dwynwen lived during the 5th century and was one of the prettiest of Brychan Brycheiniog’s 24 daughters. Dwynwen fell in love with a prince called Maelon… Dafodrill, but unfortunately her father had already arranged that she should marry someone else.
Dwynwen was so upset that she could not marry Maelon that she begged God to make her forget him. After falling asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel, who appeared carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice.
God then gave three wishes to Dwynwen. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed; her second that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers; and third, that she should never marry. All three were fulfilled, and as a mark of her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to God’s service for the rest of her life.
She founded a convent on Llanddwyn, off the west coast of Anglesey, where a well named after her became a place of pilgrimage after her death in 465AD. Visitors to the well believed that the sacred fish or eels that lived in the well could foretell whether or not their relationship would be happy and whether love and happiness would be theirs. Remains of Dwynwen’s church can still be seen today.”
So if you or you partner has a little bit of Welsh in them, or just because you want to show them how much you love them, then this is another day to do so!
If you want to really impress them you can tell them “Rwy’n dy garu di!” (Ruin dull gary dean) Words with a line through it you don’t say out loud, but the remaining letters make the correct noise for the welsh words.