His devotion to God was reflected in the hardline lifestyle of his religious belief. He expected monks to follow a severe diet of herbs and bread and undertake ploughing themselves, without the use of oxen. Saint David was also given the name of Dewi Ddyfrwr meaning 'Dewi the Water drinker' in reference to his teetotal nature- Ironic since St David's Day celebrations also include the St David's Day Beer festival-Maybe ol'Dewi Sant may not have approved of the celebrations of today!
St David's day only became a nationally celebrated holiday in the 18th Century.As all good saints do, he was adept at performing miracles. His most famous being Llandewibrefi.
At Llandewibrefi, it was alleged that St David made the ground rise so he could get his sermon heard by the large crowds. Another achievement of St David/Dewi Sant was the spreading Christianity amongst the Pagan tribes of Wales.Nowadays, St David's day is commemorated by young girls wearing the traditional 'Welsh Lady Costume'; which includes shawl, apron and iconic Welsh Hat, while boys wear Rugby jerseys or dress up as miners.
The symbols of the daffodil and leek are worn, and traditional Welsh fayre such as Cawl Welsh lamb and leek stew) is often prepared and eaten .In 2007 calls for St. David's Day to become a Welsh national holiday, were rejected even though 87% of Welsh people wanted such a holiday- and even offered to give up an already existing holiday to achieve this!
Now we've got all that in order is time to eat nothing but Welsh cakes for the rest of the St David's weekend. Until then Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus!