Celebrating Santes Dwynwen Day

25th January | 25fed Ionawr

Bu disgyblion Blwyddyn 9 yn brysur yn hel negeseuon o gyfeillgarwch a chariad er mwyn dathlu Dydd Santes Dwynwen. Dydd Santes Dwynwen hapus i bawb.

Year 9 students have been busy collecting messages of friendship and love to celebrate Santes Dwynwen Day. Happy Santes Dwynwen Day to all.

Pictures to follow shortly…Dydd Santes Dwynwen
Dydd Santes Dwynwen (Welsh for St Dwynwen’s Day) is considered to be the Welsh equivalent to Valentine’s Day and is celebrated on 25 January every year. It celebrates Dwynwen: the Welsh saint of lovers. In the 5th Century Dwynwen fell in love with Maelon Dafodrill. Maelon returned her feelings but for an undetermined reason, they could not be together. Three hypotheses are that a) Maelon raped Dwynwen despite her wish to remain celibate until after marriage, b) her father forbade the marriage, or c) her father had already promised her to someone else. Dwynwen, distraught by her love for Maelon, prays to fall out of love with him.

After falling asleep, or possibly while still awake in a woods she had run to in her distress, 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 ice. 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.

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