Did you know that Wales has its own Valentines Day known as Dydd Santes Dwynwens celebrated today - the 25th January.
St Dwynwen is The Welsh Saint of Love and Lovers.
|Artwork by Norris Nuvo|
Saint Dwynwen lived in the 5th century AD and was one of twenty four daughters of Saint Brychan. Its a strange story, surrounded by much speculation. The story goes, that Dwynwen fell in love with a man called Maelon, nothing unusual there I know, however what is interesting about this story is the outcome - She is then either raped by Maelon and prays for help: or she is unable to marry him due to her fathers refusal and prays to forget her love for Maelon. An angel comes along and provides her with a potion. Maelon consumes it and it turned into ice. She repents at what has become of her love and prays for three wishes. These three wishes are: that Maelon be released; God look after all true lovers; and that she remain unmarried for the rest of her life. She retreats to Llanddwyn Island, off the coast of Anglesey to become a recluse and live in solitude until the day she dies around 460AD. The site has become a pilgrimage for lovers and is visited to this day.
Her name Drynwen translates to 'she who leads a blessed life; and her most well known saying is 'nothing wins hearts like cheerfulness'. So if you want to show your loved one a little affection today and celebrate St Dwynwen's Day with us today, why not download a Welsh Love Spoon Card for your loved one tonight, courtesy of Visit Wales.
I leave you with some home-made heart-shaped delights.
Cranberry Scone - You can also stud with blueberries