It’s St David’s Day today and if you were wondering why your Google logo is wearing a shawl and Welsh hat, then here’s your answer.

St David’s Day is the national day of Wales and marks the death of its patron saint, almost 1,500 years ago in 589AD.

St David’s day is always celebrated on March 1.

Here’s all you need to know (and probably more) about St David’s Day.

  • St David was the founder of a religious community on the spot which later became St David’s Cathedral in his name in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.
  • Saint David is typically depicted holding a dove and standing on a hillock.
  • An image of a leek or a daffodil is traditionally worn by Welsh people to mark St David’s Day.
  • Unfortunately for the Welsh, St David’s Day is not a bank holiday in. In 2007 Tony Blair rejected calls for the day to become a Welsh national holiday, despite a 87% of Welsh calling for one.
  • St. David’s Day parades, concerts and street parties take place across Wales on March 1.
  • Today, Prince Charles is visiting Carmarthenshire to mark St David’s Day while the Welsh dragon is flying above Downing Street.
  • There will be St David’s Day events in cities across the world, from China to the US.
  • In London, Welsh food and drink at stalls have been set up at Marble Arch and Oxford Street to celebrate St David’s Day.

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