Santes Dwynwen – St. Dwynwen’s Day

Did you know that January 25th is St. Dwynwen’s Day?

St. Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers and is the Welsh equivalent of St. Valentine.

The day is also known as ‘Santes Dwynwen’, which is the Welsh language translation of Saint Dwynwen.

St. Dwynwen’s Day Facts

  • St. Dwynwen’s Day is named after St. Dwynwen, a Welsh saint who lived in the 5th century. According to legend, Dwynwen fell in love with a prince, but her father forbade their union. Dwynwen prayed to God for a solution and was granted three wishes: to forget her love for the prince, to see him happy, and to never marry.
  • St. Dwynwen’s Day is a day for Welsh lovers to express their affection for one another and to celebrate love and romance.
  • On St. Dwynwen’s Day, Welsh couples exchange love letters, gifts, and cards, and may also participate in special events, such as candlelit dinners or parties.
  • Some Welsh traditions associated with St. Dwynwen’s Day include carving love spoons, giving love tokens, and visiting wells or springs associated with the saint.
  • St. Dwynwen’s Day is an important cultural holiday in Wales, celebrated by Welsh people all over the world. It is seen as a symbol of the enduring nature of Welsh love and romance.
  • St. Dwynwen’s Day is similar to Valentine’s Day and other holidays dedicated to love and romance, such as St. Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated on February 14th.

In recent years, St. Dwynwen’s Day has become increasingly popular, with many Welsh people and non-Welsh people alike celebrating the holiday as a way to show their love and affection for their partners.