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Celebrate St David's Day

Welsh FlagDydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus (Happy St David's Day).  Yes, today is 1st March and up and down the country people are celebrating our National Day. 

The day commemorates our patron saint St David and marks the day he died in 589AD.  He is said to have performed many miracles including when he caused the ground to rise beneath him when preaching so that everyone could see and hear him.

The Cathedral of St David's in Pembrokeshire, where his remains are buried, became a popular place of pilgrimage.  It was said that two pilgrimages to St David's equalled one to Rome.

Today will see concerts, parades and children dressing up in the national costume.  The highlight of the festivities is the annual St David's Day Parade through Cardiff City Centre. 

Beginning from outside City Hall at 12:30 pm the parade snakes its way through the capital's streets before ending up outside (quite fittingly) St David's Hall where there will be traditional musical entertainment as well as a St David's Day Market.

And if you fancy taking in one of our castles then Cadw, the organisation responsible for most of our historic sites have announced that their properties will be opened free of charge today.

These include the biggest castle in Wales at Caerphilly, one of the oldest at Chepstow and the best preserved medieval abbey in Wales, Tintern Abbey.  

More details can be found on the Cadw website 

And remember if you're tweeting about St David's Day, remember to use the #stdavidsday hashtag and get it trending.

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