St Dwynwen's Day

By Kristina Gore Heart

Love is in the air at Bluestone! That’s because today, Thursday 25th January is St Dwynwen's Day, Wales’ own version of Valentine’s Day. But who is St Dwynwen and why do we celebrate this day? 

Well, the legend goes a little like this... 

Once there was a beautiful Welsh princess named Dwynwen who fell in love with a handsome prince named Maelon. Unfortunately for Dwynwen, her father, King Brychan had already promised her hand in marriage to another prince! Poor Dwynwen was devastated. Unable to marry her true love, Dwynwen fled to the woods where she prayed for God’s help. 

It wasn’t long before her prayers were answered! As Dwynwen prayed, an angel appeared before her. The angel presented Dwynwen with a sweet-tasting potion which erased her memories of Maelon and turned him into a block of ice. 

God then gave Dwynwen 3 wishes. Dwynwen’s first wish was that Maelon be released from the block of ice and her second was that that she would never fall in love again. Dwynwen’s third and final wish was that the dreams of all lovers would from then on, come true. 

Dwynwen was so grateful to God that she became a nun and continued to pray for the dreams of lovers. Rightly so, Dwynwen later became “St Dwynwen”, Wales’ Patron Saint of Love.