For the Welsh among you this will be relevant and romantic and for the uninitiated it is a bit like saying 'Happy Valentine's Day'. It's not relating to Saint Valentine but Saint Dwynwen, of course.
St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, which makes her the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine.
Dwynwen lived during the 5th century and was one of the prettiest of Brychan Brycheiniog's 24 daughters. Dwynwen fell in love with a prince called Maelon Dafodrill, but unfortunately her father had already arranged that she should marry someone else.
Dwynwen was so upset that she could not marry Maelon that she begged God to make her forget him. After falling asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel, who appeared carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice.
God then gave three wishes to Dwynwen. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed; her second that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers; and third, that she should never marry. All three were fulfilled, and as a mark of her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to God's service for the rest of her life.
She founded a convent on Llanddwyn, off the west coast of Anglesey, where a well named after her became a place of pilgrimage after her death in 465AD. Visitors to the well believed that the sacred fish or eels that lived in the well could foretell whether or not their relationship would be happy and whether love and happiness would be theirs. Remains of Dwynwen's church can still be seen today.
The popularity and celebration of St Dwynwen's Day has increased considerably in recent years. In 2003 The Welsh Language Board had bi-lingual English-Welsh cards printed which were distributed by Tesco stores throughout Wales.
So why wait until St Valentine's Day to make your romantic feelings known, when you can wish your loved one 'dwi'n dy garu di ' (I love you) three weeks earlier?
Steve told me all about this years ago but I have taken the version above from historic-uk.com as it tells the story so well. Interestingly the page this info was on is sponsored by Clogau Welsh Gold!
Steve surprised me by making this card for me and gifting me this perfect single pink rose. I know, soppy old sickening romantics again! Hee hee, I don't care..you get one life so why not make every day magical?
I have a lovely idea for a gift for Valentine's Day (or belated Santes Dwynwen) coming up at midnight tonight (tuesday into wednesday). It's from Murano Gold. A beautiful handmade Murano pendant with a Murano glass bead necklace. I hope you can join me for that.
In the meantime why not tell me your most romantic St.Valentine's or Santes Dwynwen stories? You know I adore hearing slushy romantic tales!
Lots of love to you,