Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd, North Wales
The First Day of March… It is also Saint David’s Day, The Patron Saint of Wales.
So to mark this special day for our Welsh friends, two symbols. One Historic the other more symbolic…
Caernarfon Castle and Daffodils
But no matter what day it is……
Please Remember to ….
Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other
(C) David Oakes 2021
Saint David’s Day…the Patron Saint of Wales
Daffodils are one of the national symbols of Wales…..so here is a spring bouquet for all our Welsh Friends, far and near.
It is also the start of March, meteorologically the start of spring.
(C) David Oakes 2019
Llyn Padarn looking towards Yr Wyddfa
Snowdonia, North Wales
March 1st, a new month and for the Meteorological Office its is the first day of Spring. With snow cover much of the UK, I guess many will share my view that Spring doesn’t start till the Equinox on March 20th.
What isn’t disputed is that March the 1st is Saint David’s Day.
Today marks the death of the Patron Saint of Wales on this day in 589AD.
So to mark this special day for all Welsh people where ever they may live, here is a bouquet of Daffodils…. the National Flower of Wales
A Bowl of Welsh Gold
(C) David Oakes 2018
The Snowdon Horseshoe from Llynnau Mymbyr, Capel Curig
Saint David’s Day (Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant)
March the 1st may well be the meteorological first day of spring but for Welsh peoples all over the World it has far more significance….it is their Countries Patron Saints Day dedicated to Saint David. No doubt there well be many celebrations all over Wales and beyond were expats are gathered….enjoy.
As for the first day of Spring it is rather ironic that we wake to the heaviest frost of this winter! Not of course that many of us accept the meteorological need to split they year into equal seasons, preferring instead the true seasonal change as defined in the Astrological calendar…..the Vernal Equinox being the 21st March for the northern hemisphere.
* Yr Wyddfa (or Snowdon in English) is Wales highest Mountain with a height of 1085. The Snowdon Horseshoe is a ring of three linked mountains. Y Lliwedd and Crib Goch with Yr Wyddfa at the centre
© David Oakes 2014
March the 1st and for those in Wales it is their Patron Saint’s Day….Saint David’s Day.
So what could be more appropriate than for our first Daffodils to burst into bloom to celebrate the day and the start of Spring.
Elsewhere in the woods those other early harbingers of Spring are also showing signs that new life is just a few days away, yes Catkins and Pussy Willow are now showing their intentions to the world.
Have a really good day