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Traditions

The Welsh are very patriotic and there are many ways in which Wales is traditionally celebrated:

Y Ddraig Goch

Otherwise known as the red dragon, and one of the oldest flags in the world. It is thought that the early Celts used to take this flag into battles with them, however, this is about as much as is known about it's origins and where it came from. This has to be one of the most clearly identifiable flags in the world.

The National Anthem

The national anthem for Wales is called Mae Hen Wlad fy Nhadau (Land of my Fathers) and goes...

 Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi,
Gwlad beirdd a chantorion, enwogion o fri,
Ei gwrol ryfelwyr, gwladgarwyr tra mâd,
Tros ryddid gollasant eu gwaed.

Gwlad, gwlad, pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad.
Tra môr yn fur i'r bur hoff bau,
O bydded i'r hen iaith barhau.

Hen Gymru fynyddig, paradwys y bardd,
Pob dyffryn, pob clogwyn, i'm golwg sydd hardd;
Trwy deimlad gwladgarol, mor swynol yw si
Ei nentydd, afonydd, i mi.

Os treisiodd y gelyn fy ngwlad tan ei droed,
Mae hen iaith y Cymry mor fyw ag erioed,
Ni luddiwyd yr awen gan erchyll law brad,
Na thelyn berseiniol fy ngwlad.

The anthem was written in the 19th Century and is always sung in Welsh.

Remember, St. David's Day is on the 1st March (St. David is the patron saint of Wales) and many wear a leek or daffodil (both are national emblems as they have the same name in Welsh) on this day and celebrate all that is best about Wales.


Welsh Flags along Porthmadog's Harbour Side


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