Celebrating St Dwynwen’s Day

Parenting & Family Advice Things To Do | by | 25th Jan 2017

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Today is St Dwynwen’s Day in Wales. So we look at the history of the day, as well as a couple of affordable ways couples can celebrate Welsh Valentine’s Day.

Santes Dwynwen is widely celebrated in Wales on the 25th January every year. It is the Welsh equivalent of Valentine’s Day. It’s a celebration of Dwynwen the Welsh saint of lovers. The story behind the iconic day is a beautiful yet sombre tale of love.

Who was Dwynwen?

Dwynwen was the daughter of Brychan Brycheiniog (King of Wales). She lived during the 5th century and was renowned for her beauty. Dwynwen fell in love with a prince called Maelon Dafodrill. Yet her father had already arranged for her to marry someone else. Heartbroken, Dwynwen turns to God and asked him to release her from her feelings for Maelon. After falling asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel. The angel carried a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice.

God then granted three wishes to Dwynwen. She chose her first wish; that Maelon be thawed; her second, that God meets the hopes and dreams of true lovers; and last of all that she should never marry. All three were fulfilled. As a thank you to God, Dwynwen devoted herself to his service for the rest of her life. She founded a convent on Llanddwyn Island, off the west coast of Anglesey. The remains of her church can still be seen today. Dwynwen’s Well can also be found on the island. Here, it is believed, a sacred fish can foretell the future of relationships. If visitors can see the water boil below, love and good fortune is guaranteed to follow.

Celebrating St Dwynwen’s Day

So, for the romantics amongst you why not surprise your loved ones with a romantic stroll in Wales? You could even make a handmade card or gift to add some sentiment and uniqueness to your loved one’s day. Here are some great cheap St Dwynwen’s Day ideas for you to make the most of the day.

Romantic walks in Wales

Llanddwyn island for St Dwynwen's Day article

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Wales Online has complied a list of the 25 most romantic spots in Wales. With places dotted around the country there’s sure to be one near you. Also have a look at our guide to winter walks.

Cheap St Dwynwen’s Day gift ideas

Homemade cards

Fold an A4 card in half to make a card. Cut out some heart shapes from coloured paper and glue each one to make a bouquet effect. Then draw some stems with a green felt pen underneath. Finally add a ribbon in the centre with some glue to add the finishing touch. Simple and so easy yet beautiful and suitable for anyone on this special day.

For the ones that aren’t a fan of hearts and pink, below is a lovely card idea that would make anyone smile. How about cutting out a heart shape from the location that you first met, or where you went on your first date?

All you need is a piece of A4 card. Fold it in half, print the location, map or picture of your chosen place and cut it in the shape of a heart and glue it onto the front of your card. Simple, cheap and easy but with special sentimental value for you both.

Outdoor hearts

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Why not surprise your loved ones with an outdoor surprise to give that loving feeling at no cost? Create your own heart template out of cardboard and sprinkle some flour or icing sugar through a sieve onto the heart template outside in the garden. Repeat until you have made a flurry of hearts. What a lovely surprise for anyone to wake up to on St Dwynwen’s Day!

Love kebabs

Why not treat your loved ones to some special sweet kebabs with their favourite sweet treats on them? Easy to make and you could even use straws instead of skewers to make them child friendly and cost effective!

Whichever way you choose to spend St Dwynwen’s Day there are plenty of easy to make and cost effective ways to make your loved ones feel special and loved. Even if you choose not to make or give something, there are three little words that won’t cost you anything and will last a lifetime. So why not learn the Welsh way to say I love you in honour of Santes Dwynwen.

“Dwi’n caru ti” – “Dooeen – carry – t” (phonetic pronunciation) – I love you.

FamilyPoint Helpline

If you feel you need to talk to someone about this issue or any other problems your family is having then call our advisors on the FamilyPoint Cymru helpline. The helpline is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. They can help you to find organisations that can help.

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