Category Archive: Traditions

Dec 19

Welsh Christmas Carols – The Plygain Tradition

Plygain carols are a specific variety of Christmas carols sung in Wales in the Welsh language. The carols, which date from the 17th to the 19th century are some of the most fantastic music I have heard. This is music sung with a full voice and a full heart. It has a renewing and life-enhancing effect on …

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Welsh love spoons and their symbols – a Celtic “I love you”

Love spoons on display at the Welsh Shop in Cardiff
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A hand-carved love spoon, also written as lovespoon, from Wales (Welsh: llwy caru; plural llwyau caru) is the perfect romantic gift for Valentine’s Day, to mark an engagement or a wedding anniversary. While love spoons originally symbolised a marriage proposal, today they are also given as presents for children to parents, as simple expressions of friendship and on important life occasions. …

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