St Dwynwen’s Day – A Welsh Celebration of Love and Romance


St Dwynwen’s Day – A Welsh Celebration of Love and Romance

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and many Japanese women will no doubt be preparing their chocolate gifts – perhaps to be sent via the post this year, rather than in person! As you might know, White Day is not celebrated in most western countries, and so Valentine’s Day is a more egalitarian affair, in that men and women tend to exchange gifts equally.

In Wales, however, there is another date in the calendar traditionally devoted to love and romance. On 25th January, Welsh people celebrate the Patron Saint of Lovers, Saint Dwynwen. Saint Dwynwen was a fourth-century Welsh princess. She had quite a tragic love life and eventually became a nun, who prayed for others to have better romantic success than she did.

On Saint Dwynwen’s Day, couples exchange cards and gifts, like they do on Valentine’s Day. One traditional romantic gift is a Welsh love spoon. From the 17th Century, Welsh men would carve wooden spoons in an intricate design, and gift them to the object of their affection. Common designs include wheels (symbolising support), horseshoes (good luck), and keys (i.e. the keys to his heart).

One popular St Dwynwen’s Day activity is to take a romantic trip to Llandwyn Island, which is a pretty peninsula on which St Dwynwen founded her convent. The island is also home to Dwynwen’s well, which is said to contain magical fish who can predict whether your relationship is going to be successful or not. If the fish are lively and swimming around, it is a sign of a devoted husband.


・around the corner・・間近に
・no doubt・・疑いなく

聖ドウィンウェンの日 – ウェールズの愛とロマンスの祭典






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