It's Welsh Valentine's Day! Celebrate St Dwynwen's Day

It's Welsh Valentine's Day! Celebrate St Dwynwen's Day

So, the Welsh know a little thing or two about love. They have their own special hug, a cwtch, and their very own Valentine's Day. Dydd Santes Dwynwen or St Dwynwen's Day is celebrated every year on 25th January.

Why wait until February when you can wish your partner 'dwi'n dy garu di' (I love you) a few weeks earlier?

Who was St Dwynwen?

The St Dwynwen's Day story is a sad one. The Welsh patron saint of lovers lived during the 4th Century, and legend has it that she was beautiful and was the most attractive out of her 23 other sisters. Her father, King Brychan, had arranged for her to marry a prince, but she fell in love with a local called Maelon Dafodrill. She was so upset that she could not marry her beloved she ran into the woods to weep and begged God to make her forget him. Once asleep, she was visited by an angel who carried a potion designed to erase her memory and turn Maelon into a block of ice.

God then gave Dwynwen three wishes. She wished for Maelon to be thawed; her second wish was that God met the hopes and dreams of true lovers, and the third that she should never marry. All three were granted and to mark her thanks Dwynwen devoted herself to God. It is said that Dwynwen became a nun and founded a convent in Llanddwyn island a beautiful spot in west Anglesey. A well at the site became a place of pilgrimage, and it was believed that the fish that lived in there could foretell if their relationship would be happy. The remains of the castle are still visited to this day.

Anyone can cuddle, but only the Welsh can cwtch!

Cwtch, what does it mean?  The word cwtch is the closest thing to the English equivalents of 'cuddle', 'snuggle' and 'hug'.  However, it has a deeper meaning for the Welsh.  Traditionally the cwtch was a cupboard or cubbyhole where the coal was stored.  It was a private, concealed, safe place - which could also be a respected connection or in two people's hearts.  It is one of the nation’s favourite words and symbolises that warm feeling that only closeness can create.

Happy St Dwynwen's Day!  The Welsh translation is Dydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus!

Thomas Restaurant Cardiff Bay at night

Valentine’s Day Dinner in Cardiff 2020 – Love is in the air!

Treat your significant other this Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner for two.  In Thomas Restaurant at Future Inn Cardiff we are serving a taste-bud tingling 3 course dinner.  As well as the food, you can enjoy a cocktail or mocktail for £24.95 per person between 14th February and 17th February 2020 with seating times between 5pm-10pm (9.30pm on Sunday).  Pre-booking is essential and these can be made by phone on 02920 487111 or by emailing or online:

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St Dwynwen's Day or Valentine's Day Gift Vouchers

If you are working and can not celebrate, or if you want to plan ahead for Valentine's day, our gift ideas and experiences include; 

  • 3-course Sunday lunch
  • Weekday or weekend bed and breakfast
  • 2 or 3-course lunch
  • Taste of Wales Afternoon tea

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