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Saint Dwynwen

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Saint Dwynwen

Santes Dwynwen or Saint Dwynwen is Wales’ answer to St Valentine, falling on January 25th although in reality not really celebrated widely in Wales. Her story lies more in folklore, and has all the magic, mystery and passion that you would expect in a Celtic story.
The most popular version of the story is that Dwynwen falls in love with Maelon, but the relationship is forbidden by her father. Unable to marry him it is said that he was furious and assaulted her. She prayed for a release from the heartbreak and an angel provides a potion, which turned Maelon to a block of ice, and helps her forget her feelings for him. She is then offered 3 wishes. She first asks that Maelon be thawed, second that God should care for lovers and third that she should never marry.
People can visit the ruins of St Dwynwen’s church which is off the coast of Anglesey, on an island called Llanddwyn. It is believed that the fish and eels in St Dwynwen’s well, also on the island, foretell the future of the lovers that attend, and can give them good luck.
It was traditional to give a carved love spoon as a gift on this day.

 

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