What is St. Dwynwen’s Day?

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Question: What is St. Dwynwen’s Day and when is St. Dwynwen’s Day?
St Dwynwen’s Day occurs every January 25. It is the equivalent of Valentine’s Day for the Welsh. However, St. Dwynwen’s Day has been growing in popularity recently and has grown beyond the Welsh community.

St. Dwynwen’s Day came about roughly from the following story:

Dwynwen was the lovely daughter of a 5th century king, Brychan Brycheneiniog. She fell in love with a prince named Maelon, but had already been pledged to another. Maelon, in a fit of rage over not being able to marry Dwynwen, had relations with her against her will then left her. Dwynwen was so distraught and depressed over the series of events that she prayed that God would erase her momory of Maelon. As she drifted to sleep, an angel visited her and gave her a potion to forget Maelon forever. But it also caused Maelon to be frozen. The angel also granted her three wishes. Those wishes were:

1) She wished to never marry anyone.

2) She wished to become the patron saint of lovers where she could console lovers suffering in pain.

3) She wished for Maelon to be unfrozen.

All three wishes were granted and Dwynwen spent her days serving God and consoling lovers as the Welsh Saint of Love. Now, every January 25, people in Wales get together to celebrate love and St. Dwynwen. The day is referred to as Dydd Santes Dwynwen (translated – Day of Saint Dwynwen).

For more information on this, read Nicole Roberge’s column on Saint Dwynwen’s Day.

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