6 things you never knew about St Dwynwens Day

Santes Dwynwen is Wales’ very own version of Valentine’s Day, which is, of course, observed on February 14, while the patron saint of love, otherwise known as St Dwynwen, see’s us here in Wales celebrating on January 25.Valentine's day m&ms in the shape of a heart on a table at Lyons Holiday ParksThe day is effectively the same as Valentine’s Day, a chance for loved up couples to express their feelings for one another, but if it wasn’t for St Dwynwen there would be no official date to celebrate, so in homage to him, we look at six fun facts you probably didn’t know: 1. Dwynwen translates to “she who leads a blessed life”. 2. Santes Dwynwen established a convent on Llanddwyn Island – a short trip off of the west coast of Anglesey – the remains of which can still be seen today, along with Dwynwen’s well.Legend has it that the well is the site of some sacred fish who have the ability to predict whether couples’ relationships will prosper. How can you tell? Well, if the fish are seen to be active when visiting the well, it is said to have been seen as a sign of a faithful husband. 3. Traditionally, a Welsh love spoon is given as a St Dwynwen’s day present, to your loved one. 4. Some nine years ago, in 2007, the world’s largest ever love spoon was created by carving it out, measuring in at a staggering 44ft. 5. A number of farmers from Denbighshire celebrated St Dwynwen’s Day in the same year as the world’s largest love spoon was made (2007) by turning their milk bottles into improvised lonely heart ads, which included pictures of themselves along with a message inviting people to ‘Fancy a Farmer’! To this day it is still not known if any of the farmers prospered in their quest for love. 6. Along with a well, Santes Dwynwen also has a church, which you can visit. It’s on the tiny island of Llanddwyn, off the west coast of Anglesey. Have you booked a trip to stay in one of our Prestatyn caravan holiday parks in the coming months? Why not do it today and surprise the one you love? Image: m01229 under Creative Commons.

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