St Davids is located in the southern end of Wales, on a peninsula into the Irish Sea. It is named after the patron saint of Wales, Saint David.
The story of the town starts when Saint David was born around 500 AD, in the small chapel of St Non’s on the coast near the city. Near the ruined chapel is a retreat, a modern chapel and a holy well.
Pilgrims have been visiting for hundreds of years the holy places associated with St Non and St David. The holy well close to the chapel, was also known to have healing properties and to this day visitors have been throwing coins into the well for luck.
St David became a famous preacher, as he founded many monastic settlements and churches in Wales, Brittany and southwest England. David made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, from which he brought back a stone that now sits in an altar at St David's Cathedral, built on the site of his original monastery.
St David's Cathedral is actually built on the site of his original monastery from the 6th century, and pilgrims have been coming here for many hundreds of years. Building work on the present cathedral began in 1181. It is the holiest site in Wales and one of the great historic shrines of Christendom.
Many mark St David’s Day by wearing a leek or a daffodil, the national emblems of Wales, or by displaying the flag of St David, which features a yellow cross on a black background.
Schools across Wales will hold festival celebrations, with children dressed up in traditional costume.