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St David’s Day, Cardiff, 2017

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Most of the older people in Cardiff wore artificial daffodils (Narcissus cv.) pinned to their lapels on St David’s Day (1 March).  A few wore fresh daffodils – usually one of the smaller-flowered cultivated varieties – and fewer people wore artificial leeks (Allium porrum).  Very few younger people appeared to wear daffodils.

The main St David’s Day event was the Wales National St David’s Day Civic Service, held in the City Parish Church of St John the Baptist, and attended by the city’s Lord Mayor and other dignitaries.  For this the pew ends and rood-screen were decorated with plastic beakers containing daffodils (Narcissus cv).  However, as St David’s Day coincided with Ash Wednesday, the first day in Lent, as soon as the service had ended the daffodils were removed; as a woman who said she had spent four hours decorating the church the previous day explained ‘flowers are not allowed in church during Lent’.

Later in the day, at about lunch-time, an informal, light-hearted parade of possibly 200 people carrying Welsh and St David’s flags and other symbols of the principality processed through the city centre.

Although flowers are banned from the Anglican parish church during Lent, it appears that Roman Catholics are less strict.  When their Metropolitan Cathedral of St David was visited on 2 March, although it was otherwise devoid of flowers its statue of St David had vases of daffodils placed around it.



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