Happy St.David’s day from everyone at Mark Water Pumps Limited! To celebrate, here are a few St.David’s day facts.
1. St David’s Day falls on the day that Saint David died in 589 – March 1st.
2. St David comes from a royal lineage. His father, Ceredig ap Cunedda, was prince of Ceredigion and rumour has it that his mother Non, also a saint, was the niece of the legendary King Arthur.
3. “Gwnewch y pethau bychain” or “do the little things” is considered St David’s most famous phrase and was one of the last words he spoke before dying.
4. St David’s Day became a national day of celebration in the 18th century.
5. There are many stories of St David’s miracles, including bringing a dead boy back to life and restoring a blind man’s sight!
6. The shrine of St David at his cathedral – located at St David’s in Pembrokeshire, Britain’s smallest city – was thought of so highly by Pope Callistus II that he stated two pilgrimages to the shrine were worth one to the Vatican in Rome.
7. King Edward I took the head and the arm of St David from the Cathedral after his 1284 conquest in Wales. He displayed the remains along with a number of other holy relics in London.
8. His most famous miracle occurred in Llanddewi Brefi, when according to legend a huge crowd turned up to hear one of his sermons. To allow everyone to see him, he placed a handkerchief on the floor and stood on it, when a small hill raised him from under his feet, allowing everyone a good view.
9. St David is typically depicted holding a dove, often standing on a hillock. His symbol is the leek.
10. It is claimed that St David lived for over 100 years.