Major Tim Peake sent a St David’s Day greeting to Wales from the International Space Station earlier today. Starting with “Croeso”, the Welsh word for welcome, he added: “From leading the spire instrument on the Herschel spacecraft, to providing most of the glass for the solar panels on the International Space Station, Wales is an important part of our UK space community.
“And from up here, it’s also beautiful looking down on Snowdon, the Brecon Beacons and the valleys. And so, I’d like to wish you all a very happy St David’s Day. Iechyd da!”
Dydd Gwŷl Dewi (Sant) hapus (try saying it deethi goil dewi hapeece) or Happy St David’s Day, celebrating the Patron Saint of Wales (March 1st). It is not a national holiday, but might be next year because Ceredigion MP Mark Williams is introducing a bill in Parliament to devolve power to
Torchwood HQ The Welsh Assembly to make it so. A previous attempt was apparently nixed by Tony Blair.
Sant Dewi is the UK’s only native national saint, born around 50AD in Caerfi, Pembrokeshire. He was the son of Sandee, Prince of Powys and Non, daughter of the chieftain of Minevia. Reputed to be the nephew of King Arthur, St David was vegetarian and only drank water and became known as Aquaticus or Dewi Ddfrwr (the water drinker). As a self imposed penance he would stand neck-deep in a lake reciting scripture.
Several miracles are attributed to Saint David, including raising the ground beneath him so he could address the crowd and restoring the sight of his mentor St Paulinus. He is also Patron Saint of Doves because a dove landed on his shoulder during a sermon indicating that he had the blessing of God.
Elsewhere on the globe it is National Horse Protection Day, National Pig Day, National Fruit Compote Day, National Peanut Butter Lovers Day, and National Dadgum That’s Good Day.
Peake also tweeted this St David’s Day view of Wales. I think that’s my house down there! Off down the Co-op to buy some bara brith.