Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Happy St David's Day!

Today marks the festival for St David, the patron Saint of Wales.  Chelsea Doll HQ is based just outside of Cardiff, so we thought we'd mark this special day by telling our readers a little more about Wales (that, and scoffing our faces with Welsh cakes!).

Wales is a very small country whose geography is famous for its mountains (the highest being Snowdonia) and valleys.  As you can imagine, Wales is full of wonderful, breath-taking views.  Apparently it always rains here too but we haven't really noticed that (tongue firmly in cheek!).  


Of course, Wales has its own language, which is spoken fairly widely throughout the country.  You'll notice road signs are marked in both English and Welsh and we have our own television channel, S4C.  Want to know a really handy Welsh phrase?  Iechyd da, which means cheers (something you'll definitely need in a Welsh pub!).

We love our poetry in Wales (we're actually really good at it).  Our most infamous literary figure is Dylan Thomas (you can view his work here).  If you come and visit Wales, you'd do well to visit the National Eisteddfod.  This festival happens every August and attracts over 160,000 visitors a year.  It's a real must-see to get the full Welsh experience as it celebrates our culture, music and visual arts.

We're *obviously* a really talented bunch, as our music is pretty good too.  Famous for our Male Voice Choirs and our national instrument, the harp, we've produced the likes of Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and The Stereophonics.  In fact, the Welsh music scene is thriving!

Wales is also a sport-loving country, with successful national football and rugby squads.  We won the Rugby Six Nations Grand Slam in both 2005 and 2008, don't cha know!

Onto our favourite part of Wales now, the food.  WOW!  We have such an array of traditional culinary delights.  If our cheese doesn't get you, we're sure you'll succumb to Welsh lamb or beef.  Then there's our Bara Brith (which is a fruit cake) and Welsh cakes.  Welsh Rarebit is also a definite to try, especially if you're looking for an authentic dish for St David's Day (here's a recipe).

Some of our more famous brothers and sisters (past and present) include opera singer Bryn Terfel, fashion designer Laura Ashley, politician Aneurin Bevan, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, rugby player Gavin Henson and former Prime Minister David Lloyd-George, to name but a few.

We hope you've enjoyed our very brief feature on Wales.  Of course, if you'd like to know more or you think we've missed something, leave us a comment!  There's only one thing that remains to be said, Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus!

Chelsea Doll

PS.  We're taking 20% off all orders made today, with the code STDAVID.  Happy Shopping!

Photos: VisitWales.co.uk

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