Collaborations of Abstraction

Happy St. Dwynwen’s Day

Posted on: January 25, 2010

Saint Dwynwyn

St Dwynwen

Over the past few years I have stopped celebrating Valentine’s Day, there is couple of reasons for this and the easiest one to point out is that I’ve been single on the day for the last few years and that once I left secondary school the idea of a secret valentine became counterproductive for my needs. The second reason is I see it as nothing more than a money-making scheme for Hallmark and so many others, the idea you can make money of someone’s feelings kind of sickens me, and so February the 14 is just another normal day for me.

Also, the story of St Valentine is by far the most un-romantic story that could exist for the official patron saint of lovers, apart from the fact he carried out his duties as a priest during the reign of the emperor Claudius and for that he died a martyr (beheaded after being beaten and stoned) there really is little else that connects him to the day of love. Along with other duties of being patron saint of lovers he is also patron saint of affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, plague, travellers and young people. So unless I’m dating a young, epileptic, bee keeper with the plague I’m quite happy to cross this day of the calendar.

As a Welshman all is not lost, and I would extend this to all who find Valentine day most distasteful, for the today (25th of January) is St Dwynwen day, the Welsh Patron Saint of Lovers. Saint Dwynwen Lived in Wales during the 5th century and fell in love with a man called Maelon Dafodrill, but she had already been promised by her father to marry someone else, heartbroken she begged god to help her forget him. Dwynwen fell asleep and she was visited by an angel, the angel gave her a potion that would help her forget Maelon and granted her three wishes however if she took the potion Maelon would be turned into a block of ice. Dwynwen took the potion and asked told the angel of her three wishes, the fist was that Maelon be thawed out; her second that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers; and third, that she should never marry. All three wishes were granted and in return as a mark of her thanks she devoted her life to god.

I am aware there is three versions of this story but that one is my favourite and shows that there is an alternative to all the fluffy bears, silly cards and the nauseating pink and red of Valentine’s day.

Diwrnod Santes Dwynwen Hapus!

Artwork © Jonathon Earl Bowser –

Dedicated to my Girlfriend who dislikes Valentines day as much as I do


2 Responses to "Happy St. Dwynwen’s Day"

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This is the cutest thing. I love that you dedicated it to your girlfriend. She’s a lucky girl 🙂

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Collaborations of Abstraction

Two close (though, unfortunately, not in proximity) friends – a Welsh man living in Ireland and a Minnesotan woman living in Germany – come together to share musings, wit and random things of interest in this journey called life



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