Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Dydd Gwyl Dewi

According to my watch, it's 29 February today.

In reality, of course, it's 1 March, better known throughout the world (!) as Saint David's Day, equivalent to the Welsh national holiday, though, thanks to a rejection by the English-dominated UK government in 2007, no bank holiday is allowed on that day in Wales.

The day actually commemorates the death of Dewi Sant. Old Dewi died on 1 March, probably in 588.

To celebrate Saint David's Day, we had a lunch of caldo con pelotas, which is the Spanish equivalent of faggots and peas, my officially designated National Dish of Wales. The Spanish version uses chick-peas instead of green peas and lemon-juice is used instead of malt vinegar, but I'm not complaining, as I enjoy the dish very much!

My wish for this Saint David's Day is that Wales and Scotland become independent and prosperous members of the European Union (with Northern Ireland returned to Ireland, where it belongs), and that England become a small and unimportant state of the USA, which it clearly wants to be; perhaps it could be renamed Old England to avoid confusion with the already existing state of New England.

Oh, and perhaps we could change the national anthem from Hen Wl√Ęd Fy Nhadau to Dafydd Iwan's Yma O Hyd.

Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus i chi!

Keep the red (dragon) flags flying!

Cymru am byth.

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