It is not widely known that Wales has got it’s very own equivalent of Valentine’s Day – St Dwynwen’s Day. This means if you are feeling generous you can treat a loved one, on not one but two special days! St Dwynwen’s Day is celebrated on 25th January, Valentine’s Day is on 14th February, so if you’re thinking of treating that special someone to a romantic break choose a St Dwynwen’s or Valentine’s Day holiday cottage Wales. we’ve got the low down on what you need to know.
The legend of St Dwynwen
If you’ve never heard of this particular Saint, fear not, here are some facts about her: St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, which makes her the Welsh equivalent to the more widely known St Valentine.
Dwynwen was beside herself at the thought of not being able to marry her love Maelon so she pleaded with God to make her forget him. Falling asleep one night, Dwynwen was paid a visit by an angel, who appeared, accompanied by a potion which was concocted to erase all memory of Maelon and, sadly for Maelon, turn him into a solid block of ice!
God then granted Dwynwen three wishes. First of all she wished that Maelon be thawed; her second wish was for God to meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers; and last of all, she wished that she should never marry. Her wishes were granted, and to display her thanks, Dwynwen moved onto Llanddwyn Island off the south coast of Anglesey near Newborough where she dedicated herself to God’s service for the rest of her life.