St David (or Dewi Sant) was a Celtic monk, abbot and bishop who spread the word of Christianity across Wales in the 6th century and his saint day has been celebrated on 1st March, on which he is believed to have died, since the 18th Century.
There are many stories around St David, one of the most famous being that, while preaching to a huge crowd, the ground rose beneath him to form a hill so that he could be heard by everyone. Legend also has it that he brought a boy back from the dead, and that springs of water appeared to mark milestones in his life.
Many will today be sporting traditional daffodils and leeks to celebrate, both of which are considered national emblems. Why the leek came to be adopted is not known for sure but one theory is that leeks were worn to distinguish friend from enemy in battle. There is also a link between leeks and daffodils in that they have similar names in Welsh, Cenhinen (leek) and Cenhinen Pedr (daffodil, literally “Peter’s leek”).
Unfortunately, despite cross-party support in the National Assembley for Wales and a unanimous vote in 2000, it has yet to be made a bank holiday. Shame.