St David’s Day is nearly here, with daffodils beginning to bloom and celebrations in honour of the Welsh figure set to take place.
Recognised annually since the 12th century, the Welsh occasion is the first day of the year we Britons celebrate one of our patron saints and marks the date of St David’s supposed death in 589 AD.
But why are leeks, doves and daffodils tied to the event and how is the day celebrated by the Welsh nation? Here is everything you need to know about St David’s Day.
When is St David’s Day?
St David’s Day, the patron saint day of Wales, falls each year on March 1, with a range of celebratory events taking place and the country’s national flag flying more than usual.