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Do you know the history of St. Dwynwen?
Dydd Santes Dwynwen (St. Dwynwen’s Day) is celebrated across Wales on 25 January every year. St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, which makes her the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine.
Dwynwen lived during the 5th century and legend has it that she was the most beautiful of all of Brychan Brycheiniog's 24 daughters. Dwynwen’s father made arrangment for Dwynwen to marry however in the meantime Dwynwen had fallen in love with a prince called Maelon Dafodrill. She was so distraught that he father had arranged a marriage to someone else that she begged God to make her forget about Maelon. Once asleep, she was visited by an angel carrying a potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice. But then, God granted Dwynwen three wishes, all three of which were fulfilled and she devoted herself to God’s service the rest of her life:
- Her first, that Maelon would be thawed
- Second, that God would meet all the hopes and dreams of lovers
- Finally, that she would never marry.
Dwynwen founded a convent on the Llanddwyn, on the Isle of Anglesey. After her death in 465AD a well was named after her on Llanddwyn and became a place of pilgrimage and the remains of Dwynwen's church can still be seen today.