January 16, 2021
Supposedly, Dwynwen was the most beautiful of the 5th-century King Brychan's 24 daughters. However, she was very unlucky when it came to love. In one version, Dwynwen loved a man named Maelon but was betrothed to someone else. As a result, she prayed to God for help in forgetting him, with the result that he was turned into ice. In compensation, Dwynwen was granted three wishes. First, she wished for Maelon to be restored to his previous form. Second, she wished for God to help out true-hearted lovers. Third, she wished that she would never have to get married. Afterwards, Dwynwen became a nun at a convent that she founded on Llanddwyn, thus putting her on the path to becoming a saint.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Dwynwen became a patron of lovers. For example, a well that bore her name became a place of pilgrimage, which became particularly popular because it was believed that its fish inhabitants could predict whether a romantic relationship would turn out well or not. Similarly, St. Dwynwen's Day on January 25 has become a very romantic time for the modern Welsh, meaning gifts, outings, and other shows of affection.
If you are thinking of showing your love on St. Dwynwen's Day, you should check out our store to see what is available. We carry a wide range of gifts for a wide range of recipients, meaning that you are sure to find something perfect for your beloved.
Featured image: Ruins of St Dwynwen's Church. Image source: Wikipedia
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