St. David’s Day for kids

March 1st marks the feast day for Saint David, the patron saint of Wales. How will you be celebrating with your family?

St David's day for kids

by Steven McKinnon, Mindful Mum, 27th February 2012

What is St. David’s Day?

St. David’s Day is the feast day for Saint David, the patron Saint of Wales. Primarily observed in Wales, it takes place on the 1st of March every year and became a public holiday in 2000.

It is observed by Welsh people all over the world.

Who was Saint David?

Born into an aristocratic family, Saint David was a Celtic monk who lived in the sixth century A.D., and for a time was the Archbishop of Wales. He is also credited with being one of the first monks to spread Christianity throughout Britain.

Saint David founded a monastic community at Glyn Rhosin (‘The Vale of Roses’), which today is an important Christian shrine.

St. David’s Day is celebrated on the 1st of March each year, as this is the day on which he died, though the year is uncertain (likely 588).

How is St. David’s Day celebrated?

One of the more traditional ways to celebrate St. David’s Day is to wear Wales’ national emblems, the leek and daffodil. Parades and concerts are also held, especially male choirs, and children often wear traditional Welsh dress, such as petticoats and waistcoats.

Children might also join in an Eisteddfod, which is a performance of singing, dancing and reciting.

Cawl is often eaten on St. David’s Day, which is a traditional broth that contains meat and vegetables, which you can try out for yourself with our recipe below!

Cawl recipe


  • 1 kilogram of lamb
  • 500 grams of pearl barley
  • 2 litres of lamb stock
  • 900 grams of potatoes (chopped into chunks)
  • 4 carrots (sliced)
  • 1 swede (peeled and chopped)
  • 3 leeks (chopped)
  • 10 peppercorns
  • Half a teaspoon of salt


  1. Trim the lamb of fat and cut into big chunks, then put in a deep pan with plenty of water and slowly bring to the boil.
  2. Add the pearl barley, carrot, onions and swede, making sure it is still boiling.
  3. Add the salt and peppercorns and simmer gently for 2 hours.
  4. Add the potatoes and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the leeks and simmer for a further 5-10 minutes.
  6. Season to taste, then serve with warm, crusty, wholesome bread.

Watch a video of a St. David’s Day parade


Photography: Mollypop @Flickr

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