Wales Local Customs

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Wales Local Customs

  • Christmas Greetings .... in Welsh

    Nadolig Llawen .... (pronounced NAD OLIG Lla WEN) or Merry ChristmasBlwyddyn Newydd Dda: ( pronounced Bledin New idd Da) or Happy New Year

  • Panad: Cup of Tea

    When in Wales and you are in a cafe or bar or maybe in a Welsh home ask for a 'panad a dar' (cup of tea, (a popular drink, day or night). Ask if there is any bara brith to go with it, which is a popular 'cake' its like a fruity bread. A cross between Xmas cake and a currant bun.

  • What is Cawl

    My mother and grandmother both made Cawl. It is a wonderful inexpensive dish, much more than a soup, perfect for a filling meal anytime. Basically it is inexpensive lamb (or beef) cuts and root vegetable stew (leeks optional)...but there is more to it. Some people put in dumplings!Sometimes Cawl is served as a two-course meal. The broth is strained...

  • Laverbread – bara lawr

    Laverbread is a pungent, nutritious speciality that consists of seaweed boiled for several hours to make a soft paste, which is then rolled in oatmeal and fried. Traditionally served with cockles and bacon it makes a hearty Welsh breakfast.

  • Welsh Cakes - picau ar y maen

    Welsh Cakes are a type of griddle scone and usually contain dried fruit; they can be served hot or cold and can also be split and covered with butter or jam. My aunt used to make plain ones for me whenever I visited, if stored in an airtight container they will easily last a week mmm …

  • The Welsh Language - Cymraeg

    Wales is a bi-lingual country. All the population speaks English, and a small percentage speak Welsh as their first language.The rights of Welsh speakers have improved significantly over the last 30 years. Now, not only are road signs bi-lingual, but all administrative and legal / governmental work is bi-lingual ... at last.As a consequence there...

  • Cock fighting

    Until it was banned in 1849 cockfighting had been enjoyed by all social classes in Wales who would flock to their local cockpits which would have been either indoor or outdoor pits, to witness birds fighting to their deaths. Cockerals were bred and trained to fight and became much prized birds. The Cockpit at St Fagans The National Museum of Wales...

  • Wool and Woolen Mill's

    You can't think about Wales without picturing Sheep and it has been like that for hundreds of years. Sheep have always been important both for food and clothing.Sheeps wool has always been popular and more so before the importation of cotton and after that man made fibres.Woolen Manafacture has always been essential to rural communities and there...

  • Gorse

    From the 18th century to the late 1940's most farmers in Wales used horses to do the work on the farm.In order to feed the horses Gorse was grown on a large scale but as it is very tough it had to be crushed to make it edible. Smaller Farms would bash their gorse by hand but Water driven mills like this one at St Fagans used heavy metal spikes to...

  • Love Spoons

    Many customs have survived in Wales one being the giving of Love spoons by the men of Wales. This custom dates back to the 17th century. Traditionally the spoons were carved by the common man who maybe lacking in a formal education were skilled in many arts and crafts, many hours would be spent decoratively carving the handle of the wooden spoon so...

  • Caerphilly Cheese

    Caerphilly Cheese is known as "the crumblies". It originates from South and West Wales, and is moist and pale, with a mild and salty taste. It was first made around the 1830’s, Until then the coal miners of South Wales had probably taken enjoyed a bit of Cheddar down the pits, but Caerphilly supplanted it because of its fresh taste and softer...

  • Can you dig it?

    "Nice place for an allotment this Rhodri."An urban oasis has been created in the heart of Deeside.

  • The Red Dragon of Wales

    The flag of Wales is divided into two: White and Green with a red dragon in the centre, facing to the left.The symbol of the dragon was perhaps first seen in Wales in Roman times, as a standard, and was used by the Anglo-Saxons , and , possibly by King Harold and by Richard II in the crusades. It was recognised as a symbol of Wales by the time...

  • Welsh Language

    I had been a little worried about travelling in Wales due to my lack of knowledge of the language. As soon as we hopped out of our car in Monmouth we went to a market and bought some goods. I asked the seller if they spoke Welsh and they explained that on the border counties it wasn't spoken that much but further into Wales it was. True to form in...

  • National Day

    1 st of March is the welsh National day when young Lady's dress in the National costume for the day.

  • Welsh language

    You'll probably notice the language when travelling to Wales. Welsh language is a Celtic language spoken as a community language in Wales. Signages in Wales are bilingual, so you won't be lost. The locals also speak English.

  • Welsh

    Though English is the main language in Wales, Welsh is spoken in some parts of the country. Welsh is a Celtic language and can be very difficult for beginners to pronounce and speak. One of the first things you'll notice if you enter from England is the road signs in both Welsh and English. To hear Welsh spoken you'll have to travel a little...

  • Taffys come from Cardiff

    A misconception is that all people from Wales should be given the tag Taffy. This is incorrect. According to my guide (from Penarth) the only real Taffy is from Cardiff where the river Taff cuts its way through the middle. Obvious really when you think about it. While this may seem a bit picky it's certainly worth remembering when you are...

  • Thatched cottages

    In Glamorgan between Barry and Bridgend are a number of attractive thatched cottages built in traditional manner.They contarst with the stone built houses built elsewhere in south Wales, so keep an eye open for them when driving around.

  • Iaith Cymraeg

    One very important thing that defines Wales is its own language - Welsh/Cymraeg. This is not a dialect but an ancient language totally unlike English. Its origins pre-date English and it is closely related to other Celtic languages, such as Cornish, Breton, and Manx. Welsh has increased massively in popularity over recent decades. It is spoken...

  • Where to find Welsh speakers

    Probably the most special quality of Wales is that is the place in the world where you are most likely to see, hear and be able to use a Celtic language. Unfortunately there are still alot of busnesses and people who refuse to use any language except for English, but the map and the link attached should be of some help for those of you who enjoy...

  • Welsh currency

    Generally in Wales we use the UK coinage, from the humble 1 pence piece, to the 2 GBP coin. Some large shops in the cities will accept euros. UK coins are made at the Royal Mint, in Llantrisant, South Wales.But if you want a souvenir of Wales, the UK 2 pence coin has the Prince of Wales feathers on the back. This coin was introduced when Britain...

  • The language

    Welsh is an unusual language. They have a different alphabet and the phonetics are quite fascinating. Even listening to someone speak English with a Welsh accent is interesting to say the least. However they say once you know the rules on the different pronunciation of the letters it is easy to learn.Here is the alphabet...A B C Ch D Dd E F Ff G Ng...

  • Rugby - Wales' national sport?

    Rugby, or 'Rygbi', is regarded as Wales' national sport. There have been some periods when the Welsh team has been unbeatable, for example between 1900-1905, or during the 1970's.The 1970's were the great period for Welsh rugby, with legendary players like Gareth Edwards and JPR Williams.Basically the game involves 15 often very large men on each...

  • Welsh menu's

    Barabrith: fruit bread Cawl: soupKatt Pie is not what you think. It is a suet pudding made with lamb!Lava Bread: this is a seaweed, eaten in various guises, often served with breakfastWelsh Rarebit: is made with cheese, milk, eggs, & Worcester sauce. Heat it all up in a saucepan and pour on to a piece of toast, serve with a tomatoe. Dont let anyone...

  • Wales' patron saint - David

    Walking back from town today, for the first time I noticed some Saint David's Day cards on sale. It reminded me that 1st March is Wales' national day - St David's Day, or Dydd Dewi Sant.More and more people celebrate St David's Day, even if only to wear a daffodil flower, or send a card.Cardiff, Wales' capital city, has a Lord Mayor's Parade to...

  • Why the "Prince of Wales"?

    This is a topical point, as I write it, with the recent anouncement that Charles, Prince of Wales, next in line to the British throne, is getting married in April 2005.You will also remember the late Diana, Princess of Wales, no doubt. Charles' ex-wife.Well, the title 'Prince of Wales' is normally given by the monarch to the eldest son, that is the...

  • A Half-Timbered Market House

    While passing through the town of Llanidloes in central Wales, we were intrigued by this old Market House. It turns out that it was built in 1609 on the site of an old market cross, a central meeting spot which was characteristic of many towns and villages throughout England and Wales. This Market House is the only surviving 'half-timbered' market...

  • Welsh.... and how not to understand...

    Porthmadog is in the heart of North Wales so Welsh is predominantly spoken.Unless you've been brought up in the area, or you've spent the last three years studying Welsh, you've got no chance of picking up the language in the week or so that you're there.Everybody (I met anyway) speaks English and all the road signs are in both English and...

  • Welsh

    All the road signs in Wales are in English and Welsh, including the Welsh version of the name which may differ from the English.At the beginning of the 20th century, about half ot the population in Wales spoke Welsh, now it is only about 21%, amounting to about 1/2 million people. Most Welsh-speakers are billingual, and the further North and West...

  • The Seven Wonders Of Wales!!

    Finally!I refer to them often, it is!They are based on an old nursery rhyme from the 18th century:Pistyll Rhaeadr and Wrexham steeple,Snowdon's mountain without its people,Overton Yew-trees, St. Winifred wells, Llangollen Bridge and Gresford bell

  • The beautiful Welsh language

    Please don't be annoyed or feel anyone is being rude to you if you are in a pub or other place and the Welsh people converse in their own language. You will find this mostly in the North, but it is their language and they have a right to speak it. It doesn't mean they are discussing you or anything you shouldn't hear. They are just carrying on as...

  • Welsh Assembly

    Wales now has a Parliament of it own, but at the present time it only has very limited powers. However, over the last couple of years it has begun to flex its muscles to maximise those powers it has. The most important decisions it has taken are to do with the price the patient has to pay for prescription drugs, making them free from any pharmacist...

  • Cymru=Wales

    I must say I was fascinated by the Welsh language and to one not schooled in it, the fasinating procession of consonants and odd combinations. You have not lived until you have heard a person with a very heavy Georgia, USA accent try his skills on the Welsh tongue. I also like the Welsh accent of my favorite character on Roland Rat..I don't...

  • Not only pride, the Welsh are...

    Not only pride, the Welsh are bilingual... they speak English and Welsh (not necessary in that order). Most signs are also bilingual where you will find both ways to call each town or destination. Very special.I felt a great affinity or complicity with them, I was backing them all the way. We, French-speaking in America, are also a proud bunch of...

  • The Welsh language is...

    The Welsh language is difficult enough for even the English, imagine for a French.'W' is pronounced 'oo''LL' is pronounced a bit like 'cl', a big click of the tongue'CH' is pronounced like you have something stuck in your throat and hissing 'hhhhee''TH' of course is pronounced like the English 'th'.Try pronouncing Machynlleth 20 times! LOL


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