St Dwynwen’s Day is celebrated in Wales on January 25th. St Dwynwen is Wales’ very own patron saint of love.
The day is a unique way for us in Wales to tell the ones we love exactly how we feel about them.
St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, which makes her the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine.
Dwynwen lived during the 5th century and fell in love with a prince called Maelon Dafodrill. However – her father, who had 24 daughters, had already arranged that she should marry someone else.
Dwynwen was so upset she could not marry Maelon that she begged God to make her forget him. So, after falling asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel. The angel appeared carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice.
God then gave three wishes to Dwynwen. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed. Her second, that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers. The third, that she should never marry. All three were fulfilled. As a mark of her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to God’s service for the rest of her life.
Love in the 21st Century
Thankfully these days, love and marriage usually take a much more successful path. If you are marrying in 2017, we wish you much love and luck. We hope that your wedding day turns out to be everything you always dreamed of, creating memories forever!