Valentine’s Day might be around the corner but why wait until then? Wales has its very own patron saint of love, St Dwynwen.
Valentine’s Day might be around the corner but why wait until then? Wales has its very own patron saint of love, St Dwynwen and she’s celebrated each year on the 25th January.
Poor Dwynwen was very unlucky in love. Dwynwen’s father, King Brychan Brycheiniog, had arranged for her to be married, but Dwynwen was head over heels with Maelon Dafodrill who her father didn't approve of.
A broken hearted Dwynwen ran away to the woods where she was visited by an angel. The angel gave Dwynwen a sweet potion to erase all memory of Maelon and froze him into a block of ice. Dwynwen was then granted with three wishes.
Her first wish was for Maelon to be thawed, the second wish was that she would never marry, her third and final wish was that no other lovers would experience the same pain as her. In return she spent the rest of her life in a convent she founded on the island of Llanddwyn, Anglesey where people still visit today.
The tradition of gifting love spoons to the ones you love dates back to the 17th century. Love spoons are spoons carved from wood, with symbols incorporated into the design. Different symbols represent different meanings.
Hoping to impress your loved ones this St Dwynwen’s Day? Why not try some of these simple phrases: