Traditional festival days of Wales
Other important holidays were the feasts of St Patrick (Gwyl Badric) on 17 March; St. Quiricus (Gwyl Giric) on 16 June; the Beheading of John the Baptist (called in Welsh Gwyl Ieuan y Moch – St. John of the Swine – as it was the day the pigs were turned out into the woods to forage through the winter) on 29 August; St Michael (Gwyl Fihangel) on 29 September; and the Calends of Winter (Calan Gaeaf) on 1 November, All Saints' Day (yr Holl Saint). A special drink called the "liquor of the Apostles" (gwirawd yr ebestyl) was brewed for and distributed on these saints' days.
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New Year's Eve – 31 December
Hen Galan (Old New Year) – 14 January
St Dwynwen's Day (Dydd Santes Dwynwen) – 25 January
St David's Day (Dydd Gwyl Dewi) – 1 March
Easter Sunday (Sul y Pasg)
On Easter Sunday, children receive chocolate easter eggs from the "easter bunny" and engage in chocolate egg hunts. Hot cross bunns are eaten and Easter greetings include "Happy Easter" in English or "Pasg Hapus" in Welsh.
Shrove Tuesday (Dydd Mawrth Ynyd) or Pancake Day
Owain Glyndŵr Day (Diwrnod Glyndŵr) – 16 September
Although not a traditional holiday, many schools and organisations now commemorate the 16 September as a commemoration of Owain Glyndŵr, with festivals such as Gŵyl y Fflam (Festival of the flame) to celebrate it. In addition, towns with particular links to Glyndwr celebrate the day, including Corwen and Harlech.
Calan Gaeaf – 31 October – 1 November
Historically, a commemoration of end of the autumn and harvest season and the beginning of winter. It has Celtic origins which merged with the Christian tradition.
Bonfire Night (Noson Tân Gwyllt) – 5 November
On 5th of November, a night of fireworks occurs that began after Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in England.
Christmas (Nadolig) – 25 December
Boxing Day / St Stephen's Day (Gwyl San Steffan) – 26 December
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Festivals no longer widely celebrated
These are festivals that were once widely celebrated in Wales but are no longer so.
Calennig is a tradition where children carry a decorated apple, pierced with three sticks and decorated with a sprig of box and hazelnuts on new year's day. Children would sing a verse and were often gifted with money or food.
Gwyl Ifan (St John's Day) on the 24 June is otherwise known as Midsummer's day.
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