February 27, 2023

Discover our Favourite Welsh Traditions this St David’s Day

Would you like to discover Welsh traditions and customs?


Wales is renowned for its idyllic countryside, beautiful language and rich heritage. On March 1st, people across the country celebrate St David’s Day (Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant), as well as paying homage to the former patron saint.


Keep reading to uncover Wales’ fascinating history and culture:

Welsh traditions: The Welsh flag

Welsh Traditions | Celebrating St David’s Day

Celebrated on the 1st March, St David’s day is one of the main Welsh traditions. 


Schools, towns and villages across Wales dress up in traditional Welsh costumes, whilst many people choose to wear the country’s national emblem; the leek (for men) and the daffodil (for women).


On the day, schools sing songs dedicated to the patron saint, David, and do small acts to celebrate his kindness. 


In the spirit of generosity, St David’s Day is the perfect time to treat your loved one to a luxury staycation at Bryn Tanat Hall!

Welsh traditions | An image of daffodils

Welsh Traditions | Baking Welsh Cakes and Bara Brith

It’s no secret that people from Wales have a sweet inclination, and one of the most typical Welsh traditions is to serve up a batch of Welsh cakes for your loved ones! 


To pay homage to Wales’ nationally-celebrated day, why not whip up some of these teatime treats? Serve them with or without raisins, and top with caster sugar for a sweet flourish.


Or, why not try your hand at making bara brith? Bara brith (which translates to ‘speckled bread’), is a rich fruit loaf flavoured with tea and spices. Served at teatime, people across Wales enjoy this fruity loaf not only on St David’s day, but throughout the year. 


At Bryn Tanat Hall, we offer self-catering and catering packages, so you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want. If you’d like to sample some traditional Welsh delicacies, please let our talented chef, Beth, know! 

Welsh traditions | Welsh cakes

St Dwynwen’s Day

Did you know that Wales has its very own Valentine’s day?


As well as celebrating February 14th, many people across Wales celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day on January 25th. St Dwynwen was the Welsh patron saint of lovers — she’s essentially our very own version of St Valentine! 


To celebrate the occasion, we send cards, exchange gifts, and go out for special meals to showcase our appreciation for our loved ones.

A plate with roses

The Eisteddfod

Celebrated annually, the Eisteddfod is one of the main Welsh traditions.


The Eisteddfod is a cultural festival that celebrates music, dance, literature and the visual arts. It offers a national stage for original performances, as well as hosting an array of competitions, in a fun, creative setting.


Did you know that our Bryn Tanat Hall also has a rich, cultural history? Like the Eisteddfod, it used to be a hotspot for musical events in Wales. Set up by William Leslie in the 1920s and 30s, our Hall welcomed professional orchestras and famous conductors — one of whom was Sir Walford Davies himself!

Welsh dancing

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Alternatively, why not read our previous blog to discover some stunning hiking trails in Wales?