The Welsh drinks to try this Saint Dwynwen’s Day

Experience the best drinks Wales has to offer on this Welsh national holiday.

Though 25 January is perhaps best known for being Burns Night, another national holiday falls on this day: Dydd Santes Dwynwen, or Saint Dwynwen’s Day.

Saint Dwynwen is the Welsh saint of lovers, and is celebrated every year on 25 January. Legend has it that in the 5th century, Dwynwen fell in love with Maelon, but was forbidden by her father to marry him. She ran to the forest, distressed, and was greeted by an angel who turned Maelon into a block of ice, to help Dwynwen forget him. Dwynwen was then granted three wishes by God: she wished that Maelon be thawed, that God help true lovers and that she should never marry. Dwynwen became a nun, set up a convent on Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey, and is still celebrated as the patron saint of lovers to this day.

Think of it as a lesser-known, older version of Valentine’s Day, but with added Welsh mythology.

So, what better way to celebrate than with the one you love over a Welsh drink? With Wales’ drinks industry booming, producing, wine, beer, whisky, gin and more, there are plenty of options to help you celebrate Saint Dwynwen’s Day in style.

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