Welsh Love Spoons

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The Welsh celebrate ‘St. Dwynwen’s Day’ (the patron saint of lovers) on January 25th

Dwynwen, daughter of King Brychan Brycheinog, fell in love with a young man named Maelon, but the two were unable to be together

She was distraught and fled into the woods where she encountered an angel who gave her a potion to cool her love for Maelon

—Maelon was turned into a solid block of ice

Dwynwen prayed and was granted three wishes:

  1. Maelon’s release from his icy tomb
  2. For God to watch over all true lovers and help them realize their dreams and hopes or guide them through their sadness and love
  3. To never be married. After being granted her wishes, she retreated to a life as a nun

 

On this Welsh Valentine’s Day, it is customary to gift love-spoons, an age old tradition that got started when Welsh men would carve intricately decorated spoons of wood and would present them to a lady that they were interested in courting or marrying

The designs carved on the spoon handles were symbolic

  • —Keys would signify a man’s heart
  • —Wheels his hard work
  • —Beads, his preferred number of offspring

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