Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus (Happy St David’s Day)!
The 1st March saw a wave of yellow amongst ladies of The Ridwares WI as they met together (via Zoom) to celebrate St David’s Day, courtesy of daffodils worn & in vases & jugs. We practised our Welsh – although our pronouncinations probably left a lot to be desired – & learnt about St David himself, as well as a number of Welsh customs & traditional celebrations. Did you know that leeks pre-date daffodils as a St David’s Day symbol? Leeks were grown for luck, happiness & to drive away evil spirits. It was believed that leeks would help them live for ever, so soliders would rub leeks over themselves as a form of protection during battle. Over the centuries, green & white became the Royal colours of Wales. it was the Victorians who began to associate daffodils with St David’s Day – a tradition that is now firmly established!
A number of our ladies had also baked some Bara Brith (Welsh Tea Loaf), which was also enjoyed! As usual, the afternoon was filled with laughter & chatter, especially when making a Pop-Up card – another ‘craft along with Gaye’ activity. The results were very impressive – & ‘gluey’ fingers dealt with…. – as daffodils in baskets were evident again.
A wonderful get-together & celebration of St David’s Day – full of fun & friendship (as always)!