Today in Wales is St
Dwynwen's Day and all over Wales people will be buying gifts and
cards for their loved ones as they celebrate the Welsh version of
The history of St Dwynwen is told on the Museum Wales website:
The story of Dwynwen dates from
the 5th century. The story goes that Dwynwen fell
in love with Maelon Dafodrill, but unfortunately her father had
already arranged that she should marry someone else. Maelon was so
outraged that he raped Dwynwen and left her.
In her grief Dwynwen fled to the woods, where she begged God
to make her forget Maelon. After falling asleep, Dwynwen was
visited by an angel, who appeared carrying a sweet potion designed
to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of
God then gave three wishes to Dwynwen. First she wished
that Maelon be thawed, second that God meet the hopes and dreams of
true lovers and third that she should never marry. All three were
fulfilled, and as a mark of her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to
God's service for the rest of her life.
If you're looking for an ideal gift to give someone special
today then how about a traditional Welsh lovespoon. Traditionally
the wooden spoon was given by a man to a lady as a token of his
affection. He would carve the spoon from a single piece of wood and
was considered an early form of an engagement ring.
The spoon usually contained a number of symbols which all had
different meanings. These could include a horseshoe for luck, bells
for marriage, hearts for love and a lock for security. Caged balls
are said to indicate the number of children the couple would
The tradition continues today, although we're more likely to cheat
and buy the spoons from a craft shop rather than make them
What is believed to be the oldest surviving spoon, dating from the
17th century is at the St
Fagans National History Museum near Cardiff while the
world's biggest is at the Ffwrwm Arts Centre at Caerleon.