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St David's Day celebrations
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New York's Empire State Building will be lit up to mark St David's Day again this year
From Merthyr to Melbourne, and from Conwy to California, Welsh people across the globe will be celebrating St David's Day.

BBC News Online wants to know how you will be marking the anniversary of Wales' patron saint, who is thought to have died on 1 March, 589 AD.

Will you be supping leek soup, laver bread and Welsh cakes for a special St David's supper in Sydney?

Will you be wearing a daffodil in your hair in San Francisco? Or sporting full national dress on the streets of Rome?

Below are a cross-section of your e-mails:


We have a St. David's Day dinner party at my mum's. Leek soup and Lamb. Readings of Dylan and good wine and Welsh Choir music. My grandfather was from Lanelli, just outside Swansea. Cheers!
Colter Langan, Bozeman, Montana, USA

As an ex-pat far from home I often think about the land I love, and especially on this day. Happy St David's Day to all my fellow Welshmen and women.
Joseph Green, Blumenau Brazil

Made paper leeks to wear with my two daughters Non and Nia. Our daffodils also came into bloom just in time today. Thinking of home - dipyn o hiraeth heddiw.
Geraint Jones, Pasadena, CA, USA

I will wear my rugby jersey and proudly display my flag from my 3rd story condo.
Dean Jones, Cincinatti, USA

Tonight : Welsh cockles and next weekend : enjoying frog's legs being tackled in unstoppable waves of Welsh fury during the rugby match Wales/France in Cardiff
Trevor, Emrys, Iestyn, Hannah and Christine Jones, Luxembourg

I'm making a cake and wearing a Dewi Sant flag pin I made on my hat and display a small flag (I made this one too) on my car.
Junko Salmon, Oklahoma, USA

I am flying the Welsh Dragon today and will wear a daffodil! Tonight I will attend a British Ladies get together and take a Cacen Cneifio with me!
Jenny MacKenzie, Vicksburg Mississippi USA

Dydd Hapus Dewi Sant! My 7-year-old daughter Jessica and I spent yesterday afternoon making paper daffodils to give to all our friends at Jebel Ali Primary School because daffodils are hard to come by in Dubai! We're from Aberdare so we'll be wishing ourselves back there for the day to be with family and friends.
Sue Evans, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Have hung the flag out of my apartment window, and will be going out for a beer after work with my Wales/Cymru t-shirt and educating the natives !!
Tony Harris, Tampa, Florida

I am celebrating our national day in sunny, snowy Colorado.As I drive around in my Chevy truck I will be playing a tape of the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir.Missing my family and friends in North Wales on this special day. So proud to be a Welshman.
Gwyn Howells, Gunnison, Colorado, USA

My sweetheart is from Wales and came to Canada about 8 years ago. I'm going to take him to dinner, read him a poem which ends 'when we hear the bells ring it will be a perfect setting. Together we have a wonderful life. We you allow me the honour of being your wife?'
Carla, Ontario

I'll be riding my bike to the gym listening to a Welsh CD and thinking about my cousins in Aberdare and Ystrad Mynach.
Jeff Morris, Palm Harbor Florida

I'll be having leek and potato soup and having a few beers. No daffodils here, it's just too cold at the moment. Maybe I'll have to make a snowman with the Welsh national dress. Happy St. David's Day!
Tom Morgan, Helsinki, Finland

My, mostly French, co-workers think I'm mad. I'm in my rugby shirt wearing a leek, and I can't get the tune of "Land of my Fathers" out of my head. The most common question: Is that a leek? Why have you got a leek?
Andrew, Montreal, Canada

My sweetheart is from Wales and came to Canada about 8 years ago. This year on St David's Day I'm going to take him to dinner, read him a poem which ends When we hear the bells ring it will be a perfect setting. Together we have a wonderful life. We you allow me the honour of being your wife?
Carla, Ontario Canada

I'll be having Leek Soup for lunch and will enjoy tea and cakes later this afternoon
Don Nathan, SunCityCenter FL USA

I will be making sure people in my class know about it and tell them the meaning of St David's day to the Welsh people. Cymru am byth
Alistair Cook, West Lafayette, Indiana USA

Wearing my Welsh tie with dragons, daffodil in lapel and totally confusing my Saudi work colleagues and looking forward to an evening meal of leek soup and lamb.
Tom Marshall, Jeddah Saudi Arabia

I will be having hot leek soup for lunch to celebrate the special day
Evan Thomas, Melbourne Australia

Me and family are from Barry, south Glamorgan. We will be celebrating with beer and Welsh cakes. I think because of the internet - and websites like the BBC's - the world, especially the Yanks, are becoming more aware of this fine land called Wales and more people around the world are celebrating this special day.
Steve Rogers, Florida/Barry, south Wales

My American wife will be making me some Welsh cakes and Cawl. I will be in my Welsh Rugby Shirt on March 4th to Welcome the Stereophonics to Saint Louis - they are playing at a small venue no one has heard of them here but the boys will change that. Might even have a pint of SA with them afterwards!
Ross Colley, Saint Louis, USA

I have had a nice quite day, with friends visiting and I had my Draig Goch as a cover on my bed.
Sheila Doyle nee Evans, Masterton, New Zealand

Today is also my Birthday. I was Born in St. David's Hospital Cardiff in 1949. So Double celebrations are in order. How about some of that Welsh Whisky?
Alan David Pena, Brussels, Belgium

Living away from Wales and marrying a Scottish Lass, my heart belongs to Wales today and will be thinking of Old Home all day. have a great day everyone.
Terry, Rhona Ieuan Lee and Aiden Bryn Ford, Livingston Scotland

Originally from Cardiff, I am a member of the Oslo/Welsh Society, who has been invited to celebrate St David's Day at the British Embassy in Oslo. An evening of Welsh music. I will buy some daffodils, and get out the Welsh flag. Cymru am Byth!
Alexandra Houston Wallin, Skien, Norway

This Caerphilly girl is going to be making Welsh cakes on the griddle that her father made from Cardiff East Moors steel, and sharing them with her US colleagues (to put glorious Wales on the US map), while her heart will be thinking of home.
Kathryn Cronin, Pennsylvania, USA
My sweetheart is Welsh and in Wales visiting right now, but I'll still be celebrating with the full fare at the British High Commission in Belize. The problem is that she told me to shout loudly "twll dyn pob sais" but don't know what it means .. hope not to insult anyone.
Ian Anderson, Caves Branch, Belize

I am half Welsh. On St David's Day we all go to my mother's as she will be 67 on March 1.
Edward Wyn Ippel, Heinkenszand, Holland

Missing Wales today, but home, cleaning my house (what a great way to spend a day off work!) and shortly off to buy a nice bunch or ten of dancing daffodils, to remind me of home...
Jane McKinnon, Gibraltar

I will be celebrating at work in a school library in the Middle East - I will be wearing my daffodil with pride and putting up a display, so all the children (and staff!)can learn about St David.
Jayne Furlong, Muscat, Oman

I shall be attending a church service here in the states.
John H Thomas Jr, Newburgh, New York USA

I will be celebrating St Davids Day in the beautiful city of Prague!! The Celtic touch will be provided for the Welsh, in one of the many Irish bars situated over here!!
James Hill, Prague, Czech Republic.

Cawl, bread & cheese and cold beer for me this evening!
Peter Morris, The Hague, Holland

I will sing in Welsh at a St. David's service headlined by Trebor Edwards (from North Wales), and the Seattle Welsh Choir. Congregational singing of traditional Welsh-American hymns will also be featured. Afterwards, all attending are invited to share "te bach" with tea and Welsh cakes.
Joel Ware, IV, Seattle, Washington USA

I am working out in West Virginia and my Welsh flag is lost in the post but I am educating everyone here about Wales and how we celebrate our day back home. It should be a Bank Holiday.
Matthew Lloyd, West Virginia/Swansea

I'd do anything to be in the Swan in Llantwit Major right now, indulging myself with a pint! Alas, I'm in London, but I've got my daffs on my window-sill and am educating all my friends about why March 1st is so special. Also, my great grandmother was born on this day: i honour her memory.x.
Laurie Bamon, London, England

I shall be celebrating at home with family and friends. if I were to walk around Rostov with a daffodil pinned to my shirt.... Well no matter how patriotic I am, men don't that here in Russia, But my dogs kennel which i built and looks like a cathedral has a welsh dragon flying over it, and I shall ring my mum in Wales tonight ---- and that will be a challenge in its self---- Happy St David's Day to all
Lee, Rostov -On-Don, Russia

My wife Wendy and I will be attending the Annual St David's Society of Hong Kong Ball and attend a ceremony at the Cenotaph in Central. We will be raising a glass or two to our family and friends back home. Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus i bawb.
Martyn Owen, Hong Kong

I'll be getting drunk. Naturally.
Johnny Williams, Malta

I will be celebrating at work in a school library in the Middle East - wearing my daffodil with pride and putting up a display, so all the children (and staff) can learn about St David.
Jayne Furlong, Muscat, Oman
Cymru Am Byth.I am wearing a daffodil with pride. I made bara brith which I will share with my Swedish friends. Bob hwyl
Rhian Areteg, Säter, Sweden

I will be celebrating at work in Singapore - wearing my Welsh Rugby shirt...although it will be a challenge to keep it on all day in 34 degrees of heat! Good luck to Wales on Sunday against France!!
Richard Harries, Singapore

I will be celebrating at work in a school library in the Middle East - I will be wearing my daffodil with pride and putting up a display, so all the children (and staff) can learn about St David.
Jayne Furlong, Muscat, Oman

I'm actually from the city of St. Davids and am now living in Kyoto, Japan. On St Davids day I shall play Tom Jones CDs and have a glass of wine with my favourite dark black chocolate. Happy St David's day to everyone.
Shirley Jade, Kyoto, Japan

My wife and I will attend the annual Northern California St David's Day Gymanfa at United Methodist Church Lafayette. We will wear our daffodils and spread the word about our beautiful homeland. Cymru am Byth
Gareth Williams, Los Gatos, California

My family celebrates St David's Day with a Welsh meal: leek soup, rarebit, and Welsh cakes. We fly the Welsh flag and remember our heritage. We also hold a Mawdi Lewid celebration where two children dress as a horse wearing a sheet with a tail and hobby horse's head. Music is played and Mawdi Lewid knocks on the door and says, "If you give me something to eat, I will entertain you." The music is put on and Mawdi Lewid dances and horses around the guests. Everyone loves this part of the tradition.
Pamela Van Horn Powell, Poolesville, Maryland USA

I'll be working offshore, surveying pipelines between Sicily and Italy. I even forgot to bring a daffodil with me. I'll be there in spirit though!
Rob Stephens, Messina, Sicily

I brought some Indian sweets for my colleagues at work share - I know, not very Welsh, but neither am I, my name just happens to be David so why not share in the celebrations?
David, New York, USA

I am a third generation Welsh-American. I dream of visiting the land of my heritage. I will make pasty and leek soup and wear a daffodil and lapel pin of the Welsh flag.
Rebecca Owens-Goldhammer, Long Island, New York, USA

We always wear a daffodil and eat Welsh cakes.(brought my bakestone with me to Canada)
Carol Patterson, Toronto Canada

We will be having "Cream Of Leek" soup and I will be wearing a leek to work.
M. Rees James, Cedar Hills, Utah, USA

This Caerphilly girl is going to be making Welsh cakes on the griddle that her father made from Cardiff East Moors steel, and sharing them with her US colleagues (to put glorious Wales on the US map), while her heart will be thinking of home.
Kathryn Cronin, Pennsylvania, USA

The Welsh and Cambrophile students here at the Royal English (and Welsh) College, the Catholic Seminary in Spain which serves Wales will be doing our best to celebrate St David in the face of opposition from some of the Irish and English here. Daffs, flags, Mass and Welsh will abound.
James Collins, Valladolid, Spain

I shall be wearing a (fake) daffodil to the school where I work and will probably end up spending most of the day trying to explain to my Chinese students why I am wearing it! But it will be worth it. Might even help put Wales on the map for them.
Rebecca Roberts, Singapore

Cymru am byth! I'll try to wear a Welsh Rugby shirt on a warm Aussie day. Hi to family in South Glamorgan.
Kath Colsey, Adelaide, Australia

I'm spending the afternoon scouring the local veg market in search of a leek. Then the Red Dragon pub on Sukhumvit road for a couple of beers. Cheers
Dylan Thomas, Bangkok, Thailand

Each year we attend a St David's day dinner We sing Welsh hymns and hear a speaker on the subject of our Welsh heritage, of which we are proud. At one time the Welsh population in NE Pennsylvania was larger than any place in the world except Wales.
Lynda, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA

I will be flooding my home with daffodils and trying to make Welsh Cakes as good as mam. Making Leek and potato soup for dinner and trying to educate friends and customers about Wales and St David. Looking forward to my trip home on the 21st
Kim Rowe, Evanston, Illinois, USA

I'll be lying on my Welsh Dragon towel on the beach in 30C thinking of my brother Dai in Bridgend where it's freezing
Mike Rees, Noosa Heads QLD Australia

Neither my husband nor I are Welsh, but we met and married there (in Castell Coch, outside Cardiff) and our two-year-old daughter already can tell people that one of her favourite places is "Cardiff, Wales". It will always be a second home to us, and we will be buying out the florist's stock of daffodils this weekend.
Karen, Buffalo, USA

I and Peter Hughes, the other 50% of y Gymuned Gymreig here, will drink, smoke and sing until the bouncers at our local bar take offence, at which point we'll pledge eternal loyalty to the Cambrian-Cossack union.
Martin Morgan, Kyiv, Ukraine

I was in Wales a week ago. Lovely it was too. Good old St David. Here's to you.
Bronwen Phillips, Alexandria Egypt

I will be working as usual at 4,500 meters in the Andes of Northern Peru. However I do have some tapes of Welsh Male Voice Choirs that I will sing along to as I make my way thru electrical and hail storms in my 4x4 and remind me of the days in the choir at Cathays High School. No leek soup up here. Have a good one! Ray Lodge
Ray Lodge, Cajamarca, Perú

Will be educating those who have no idea where Wales is, and constantly ask if my accent is Swedish!.. and letting them know its our national day, (though the leek explanation always draw a blank look).. still looking for a welsh group in New York after 12 years!
Amanda, New York

All the office staff meeting around my house for cawl and welsh cakes.
Dai Davies, Atlanta, USA
I'll be hanging out in the local Irish pub with a few of us other ex pat pobl, looking forward to taking my new American wife to see the homeland for herself on the 11th. It's a pity the yanks don't have much of a clue as to who we are and where we are etc but I'm trying to educate them as best I can. Now, if only Catherine Zeta Jones can drop her faux American accent and be a real valleys girl for a change we may have some hope! I've been here 8 years and my accent still sounds the same.
Richard Meredith, Palm Beach, Florida, USA

My work colleagues are organising a special St David's Day lunch for me. I'll be getting out the flag, my welsh lady hat and teaching them all the national anthem Can't wait!!
Katie Jones, Sydney, Australia

At work, I will bring in bright yellow Daffodils for the entire department, and my Welsh flag will hang proudly on my office wall. Cymru am Byth!
Erik Alsgaard, Columbia, Maryland, USA

I am from Aberdare, S. Wales and of course I will be marking the occasion. I will be coming to work at my law firm with armfuls of Welsh cakes which I will be making as close to the way my granny used to make them as possible. Here's to all of the "who is St. David" and "where exactly is Wales, is that part of England" comments we all hear!
Sharon Byrne, Dundas, Ontario, Canada

Leek soup, lamb and dress up really warm. No daffodils as we have two foot of snow
Robin Jones, Ottawa

I am another Taffy that is fed up with the fuss made over St Patrick's day and just a few mentions about St David on our local radio station. So on March 17 I tell everyone I meet that St. Patrick was born in Wales, I will listen to Welsh music with a pint
Alan Owen, London, Canada

All the office staff (12) meeting around my house for cawl and welsh cakes.
Dai Davies, Atlanta USA

I shall wear my rugby top to work and then out on the town in the evening to toast the health of all my family and friends back in Wales. Please send me some Welsh cakes mam!
Andy, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I will spend the day sharing a fresh handful of daffodils to in my area. Thanks Sandra
Sandra K. Yates, Rock Island, Tn USA

I will like always take a picture of my daughter in Welsh costume when she was 5 (she is 22 now!!!)to work along with some daffodils and an explanation of who St David was so that I can educate my co-workers and patients!!! And another thing I will not be doing is wearing green on St Patrick's Day, of course I will also tell everyone that St Patrick was born in Wales!!! Will miss home and family in Cardiff too.
Gillian Connelly, Winchester, Virginia USA

Will be wearing my Wales rugby shirt (and a daffodil, if I can find one) to work. Dinner will probably be a lamb and leek stew (Kiwi lamb rather than Welsh, alas).
Eleanor Goldsmith, Niigata, Japan

I shall wear my rugby top to work and then out on the town in the evening to toast the health of all my family and friends back in Wales. Please send me some Welsh cakes mam !
Andy, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

By buying my loved one the biggest bunch of daffodils I can find in the city!
Dany Willis, Stockholm, Sweden

My family & i are welsh born and raised in Cardiff the heart of Wales but since 3 years have lived in America my husband has since become an American citizen but me and our son will never give up our welsh heritage. He will wear a leek to school and educate his fellow classmates about what an important day it is for him.
Claire, Stockton, California

Like hundreds of other Welsh Londoners, I'll be in the Famous Three Kings in West Ken, drinking Felin Foel or Brains.
Andrew Morgan, London

In our little village of 1500, I am hosting a party for all the Welsh ex-pats, all the locals who have Welsh heritage, and all the poor disadvantaged souls who can only wish they were Welsh! There'll be lamb, leeks, daffs, and - of course - singing. No doubt a few tears of hiraeth will be shed. Dydd gwyl Dewi Sant.
Bruce Bradley, Spring Green, Wisconsin, USA

I grew up in Barry South Wales, and I always remember my home and my grandmothers home being full of Daffodils on this great day, I will be carrying on the tradition and have my home in Bondi full of these beauties. Just wish I knew how to make Welsh Cakes ... these I miss! Go the Welsh!
David Dobbs, Sydney, Australia

I'll be doing homework as I'm taking a course from the University of Wales. I'll also make a lovely roast lamb dinner with Yorkshire puds, carrots & turnips, leeks, mashed spuds and gravy. Then, to top it off, I'll have some "authentic" Cadbury's from "back home"
Julie, Ontario, Canada

Like hundreds of other Welsh Londoners, I'll be in the Famous Three Kings in West Ken, drinking Felin Foel or Brains, and having a blydi fantasteg time.
Andrew Morgan, London, UK

I will be wearing my Swansea Pin with pride. My American husband and Colleague will be enjoying eating Welsh Cakes.
Susan Stahl, Tampa, Florida

I shall be wearing a gold dragon pin in my lapel as I celebrate on St David's Day. I also celebrate St Patrick's day, as he was also a Welshman.
Vivian Legge, Vancouver Canada

I will be attending a dinner in Ponoka a historical Welsh community south of Edmonton. I have also called the local radio outlets reminding them that I am expecting some Welsh music to be played on March 1.
Wyn Gittins, Edmonton. Alberta. Canada

"A lluman glan Dewi a ddyrchafant"! At the London Welsh Centre all of us homesick Welsh language learners in London are celebrating St David's Day tonight with a bowl of cawl, Welsh cakes and plenty to drink!
Katherine Gethin, London, UK

Pining for home. We've educated our children that we don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day like the rest of the USA -March 1st is the day for us. I'll wear my daffodil to work.
Liz Evans, Pittsburgh, USA

I'm from Llanelli and will be thinking of home on this important day. Byth yn cofio!
Ioan Jones, San Francisco, CA. USA

I shall take my daughters to school wearing daffodils, if i can find any or if the ones in the garden are blooming. Then I shall attempt to make Welsh cakes, but would have loved to try the new Welsh whiskey that is being launched on march 1st and toast O Great Saint David!
Liz Langley, Mons, Belgium

I'll be having a pint or two and listening to some Bryn Terfel CD's
Glyn Jones, Port Townsend, Washington, US

I shall be celebrating St. David's Day at work in Toronto. We will also be singing a couple of Welsh hymns in church on Sunday and I will be thinking of all my family still in Wrexham.
Janice Hamilton, Canada

It really annoys me that they make so much fuss over St Patrick's Day but not St David's Day. My sons will be wearing their Welsh rugby jerseys and I will have daffodils all over the house.
Jacqueline Hardwicke, San Diego US

I will be in a pub in Buenos Aires on March 1 wearing my Welsh national shirt thinking of how cold it is in Wales!
Caerwyn Williams, Buenos Aires, Argentina

St David's Day is not really that special because I am not a religious person. I do not need one day a year because I celebrate being Welsh 365 days of the year (366 this Year). The greatest land on earth!
Stephen Ash, Caerphilly, Wales

I'll wear a daffodil to the office then straight to the Famous 3 Kings pub in Kensington where there will be a huge St David's day party with Welsh food, drink and music and of course, Welsh people!
Wyn, London, UK

Pleidiol Wyf I'm Gwlad, Of course I will be celebrating.
Colin Murdoch, Abingdon

On 29 February, GA St. David's Welsh Society members will gather, to celebrate at a special luncheon, marking Dydd Gwyl Dewi & the Society's 20th anniversary. Speaker is David Greenslade, first President & author.
Jenny Hubbard Young, Atlanta, GA, USA

SWS will be in London, New York and Moscow!
Melisa Annis, Global parties

I am Welsh born and bread and as a child went to school in the traditional dress on March 1st but know very little about St David. We were never told about it and many of the Welsh know little. Why are we so ill educated about our culture and our history. Why do most celebrate this day when we don't know anything about it and there is never any mention of St David's actions on third day. Just daffodils and Welsh cakes are the only thing mentioned. No, i will not be celebrating this day.
Saira Leonard, Cardiff

Toronto will be holding its first St. David's Day Celebration - with a dinner / dance at a spot called the Liberty Grand on the 28th Feb. It's the first time there has been any type of festivity on this scale to celebrate the almost 25 years I've been living in Canada.
David, Toronto

I shall be celebrating St. David's Day at work in Toronto with a large bunch of daffodils on my desk. We will also be singing a couple of Welsh hymns in church on Sunday and I will be thinking of all my family still in Wrexham.
Janice Hamilton, Oakville, Canada

Will make sure I have plenty of Daffodils at work, in the office and at home. Possibly leek soup and of course Welsh cakes a MUST 'Best Wishes to all friends in the Port Talbot/Neath/Porthcawl, Bridgend, areas. on St David's Day. Ann, Harry and Joshua
Ann GOOD (Nee Davies/Moore), Stamford, Lincs

I will be in the student bar with my Welsh Rugby Jersey proudly sporting a Leek and a Daffodil. I'll Bring St David's day to Norwich!
Kevin Rowe, Norwich

I'll be wearing my daffodil pin to work on Monday and hopefully downing a few local beers during the evening.
Wayne Parfitt, Houston, USA

Will be going on the Dydd Gwyl Dewi parade in Cardiff.
Eifion Thomas, London

Cymru am byth. We won't be celebrating anything until the English acknowledge us as part of the union or we as a country unite and demand to be known as a republic.
Lee Evans-Hamilton, unfortunately no longer in Wales, Cornwall




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