Happy St. David's Day!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

I need to confess something: despite being born and raised just outside of Leeds for 19 of my 22 years, I have no bloody clue when St. George's Day is.
I could probably Google it, I'm almost certain that I have done in the past, but I know that as soon as I have finished researching, I will forget once again. I feel like this, almost certainly, counts towards proof of how I have fallen head over heels in love with the Welsh capital over the past, magical 4ish years. So, as my favourite place in the entire world, I must therefore pay homage to its patron saint today.
And, as proof of my continued affection for my new celeb crush (Cass+Dai 4eva), I thought I'd do a little research into the beautiful, beautiful country that I now call my home, whereby learning a bit more about the culture than just the recipe of how to make their lush Welsh cakes, and share what I found with you guys.
So, Happy St. David's Day, my loves!
  • Cardiff is the capital of Wales, if haven't already guessed by my gushing. It is the 10th largest city in the UK and is also one of the youngest of Europe's capital, having only been made such in 1955.
  • "Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!" is Welsh for "Happy Saint David's Day!". Top tip: make sure that you practice the pronunciation before saying it to your Welsh friends because they will laugh... A lot, believe me. Tying into that, reportedly only 21% of the entire Welsh population can speak the native language.
  • Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch is a town in the north of Wales and it is believed to be the longest place name in Europe, at a whopping 58 letters. All I know for certain is that it takes far too much energy to say.
  • Rugby is seen as the national sport in Wales and it is very, very passionately supported, watched and played around the country. With it being the middle of the Six Nations right now, people are most certainly on-edge and tense in Cardiff especially, for it to result in a Welsh victory; with the national team playing their home games at the fabulous Millennium Stadium.
  • The national symbol (apart from the bright red dragon on the flag, of course) is the leek, which according to a rather old legend was adopted because Saint David advised the Welsh to wear them in their hats, so as to easily distinguish their side from the enemy. Daffodils were later added simply because of how similar the Welsh words for leek and daffodil are, and children learning the language having the habit of mixing them up.
  • The population of sheep in Wales is four times greater than the Welsh population of humans. 
  • The national anthem is "Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" which translates to English as "Land of My Fathers" and it is often sang jovially and rather drunkenly at sporting events, predominantly rugby, and was actually the first one ever to be done so.
  • It is known as the land of mythical King Arthur and his brave knights of the round table.
  • The second-in-line to the British throne, Prince Charles, is known as the Prince of Wales to symbolise the unification of England and Wales, despite the second being granted relative independence in the early 14th century.
  • It has more castles per square mile than any other country in the world, so I am pretty sure that I should, from now on be referred to as Princess Cass. 

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