Did you know we have our very own patron saint of lovers here in Wales? She is our equivalent of St Valentine, and we celebrate her day on 25 January. Her name is St. Dwynwen.
The story is that Dwynwen was the prettiest of Welsh king Brychan Brycheiniog’s twenty-four daughters. She fell in love with a man named Maelon Dafodrill, but her father had already arranged for her to marry someone else.
Dwynwen was devastated and prayed to God to ask for help in forgetting Maelon. Whilst Dwynwen slept, an angel visited her and gave her a special potion to wipe her memory of her feelings for Maelon and turn him into a block of ice.
The dream came true and Dwynwen devoted her life to God, setting up a convent on Llanddwyn, an island off the coast of Anglesey. The remains of the church are still there, along with Dwynwen’s well.
It’s believed the well is home to sacred fish – if they are active when visiting the well, it is supposed to be a sign of a faithful husband.
God offered Dwynwen three wishes. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed, the second was that God should meet the needs of all lovers and the third that she should never marry.
The well has become a place of pilgrimage for young Welsh lovers since Dwynwen’s death in the 5th century.
Why not celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day with a special visit to one of Wales’ amazing places.
Visit Wales have some great suggestions, from Anglesey to Narberth.
25 January is also National Cwtch Day too.
Cwtch (pronounced cutch) is a gorgeous welsh word with no english equivalent. To me it means a squishy hug, a loving cuddle, I cwtch my children all the time! It is used a lot as a name for somewhere that is cosy, comfortable, snuggly!
I hope you have a wonderful cwtchy St Dwynwen’s Day!