The Welsh celebrate ‘St. Dwynwen’s Day’ (the patron saint of lovers) on January 25th. We made Welsh love spoons to celebrate.
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. Then she encountered an angel who gave her a potion to cool her love for Maelon.
However, Maelon was turned into a solid block of ice.
She prayed and was granted three wishes:
- Maelon’s release from his icy tomb.
- For God to watch over all true lovers and help them realize their dreams and hopes or guide them through their sadness and love.
- Finally, she wished to remain unmarried. After her wishes she retreated to become a nun.
On this Welsh Valentine’s Day, it is customary to gift love-spoons. In other words, Welsh men carved intricately decorated wooden spoons and presented them to a lady they were interested in courting/marrying.
Symbolism of the designs on the Welsh Love Spoons:
- Keys would signify a man’s heart.
- Wheels his hard work.
- Beads, his preferred number of offspring.