Having it’s origin in Wales, U.K - BORTH BEACH SOAPERY celebrates St. David’s Day this Sunday (3/1). Although this patron saint died in 589 A.D the tradition is still very much alive, and is celebrated extensively within Wales as well as many ‘pockets’ of Welsh activity throughout the World.
He was born to Lady Non, a nun at Ty Gwyn near Whitesands Bay. She was very beautiful and attracted the attention of Prince Sandde of Ceredigion who forced himself upon her. This resulted in her pregnancy with a son who would later become St. David. Miracles started happening while Non was pregnant, leading people to believe that she carried a great soul in her womb. She gave birth in the middle of a violent storm, and her baby boy was born in a sea of brilliant light. The year of his birth is uncertain; he is believed to have been born between 462 and 512. It is said that St. David's birth had been foretold 30 years before by an angel to St. Patrick.
So now, try saying ‘Gwyl Dewi Sant hapus’! In English that would be ‘Happy St David’s Day.