St David the patron saint of Wales died on March 1st 569. The date has been remembered every year since. It is a National day of celebration in Wales when communities gather to enjoy special church services, cultural events, parades, flag waving and food festivals. Daffodils and leeks are worn and some, especially children, dress in Welsh costume. St David plays a very important role in Welsh culture but little is known about his life. He travelled widely throughout Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and possibly to Ireland and Jerusalem. He founded several churches and a monastery in Wales and eventually became an archbishop. St David was canonized in 1120 and March 1 was included in the church calendar as St David's Day. People started making pilgrimages to St David's monastery after he was canonized. Many still make pilgrimages to St Davids Cathedral in the tiny village city of St Davids in Pembrokeshire, which stands on its original site. Choose from a selection Quality Cottages anywhere in Wales to include the 1st March and enjoy the festivities.