On Wed, 2 Mar 1994, David Volmut wrote:
> On Tue, 1 Mar 1994, John Quinn wrote:
> > Happy St. David's Day to all of our Welsh
> > friends. May the leek (or is it daffodil?) on
> > your lapel not wither today.
> I remember hearing about this "holiday" in the play _Henry V_. Could
> someone tell me why would a welshmen wear a leek on St. David's Day. Is it
> St. Daffydd's Day?
A Welshman would wear a leek on St. David's Day because this is a Welsh
national Holiday, as St. Patrick's is to Ireland and St. Andrew's is to
Scotland. The leek is the national "plant badge" of Wales (although some
claim the daffodil), as the shamrock is to Ireland, the thistle to
Scotland, the fleur-de-lis to France, etc. I believe Daffydd is the Welsh
for David. For more info you could write to WELSH-L, also on the LISTSERV
Matthew O'Craudhlaoich (Crowley)
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