Mermaids` Makings

St David’s Day

As my  daughter is learning about Wales this term and St. David`s Day was coming up we thought we would have a little picnic. This lovely  post at Filth Fizardry was an inspiration for us.

St David’s Day is celebrated in Wales on 1 March, in honour of St David (Dewi Sant), the patron saint of Wales.

St David (Dewi Sant was a Celtic monk, abbot and bishop, who lived in the sixth century. He spread the word of Christianity across Wales.

The most famous story about Saint David tells how he was preaching to a huge crowd. Apparently the ground rose up, so that he was standing on a hill so that everyone could hear him better.

The national emblems of Wales are daffodils and leeks.

There are many explanations of how the leek became the national emblem of Wales. One is that St David advised the Welsh, just before fighting the Saxons, to wear leeks in their caps to distinguish friend from the enemy.

On St David’s Day, some children in Wales dress in their national costume- tall black hat, white frilled cap and long dress. The national flag of Wales, showing a fiery red dragon (Y Ddraig Goch) against a green and white background, is also flown.

So together with our teddies we had a lovely picnic.  I dug out some Welsh recipes and made leek and chicken pie, as well as Welsh cakes.  They make a good change to pancakes, and we all enjoyed them.

After seeing this  leek pie recipe at “Taming the Goblin” (Have a look at their blog as they have some interesting posts about St David’s Day),we thought we would make our own, by cutting up the leeks we had earlier made out of kitchen paper. Sometimes it is nice to re-use things you have made in a different way, rather than just having them on display all the time.

We used real rammikins and for the pastry we used yellow crepe paper.

We had a lovely Welsh evening with our teddies, dressed in national costume. Next year we will be living in Wales, so we will be able to get a real national costume for Lil Mermaid.

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