Love is in the air
We mentioned the Welsh equivalent of St. Valentine’s Day, St. Dwynwen’s Day, in our recent newsletter (what, you don’t receive our newsletter? Sign up here on our website). St. Dwynwen's Day is January 25th, St Dwynwen being the Welsh patron saint of lovers. When researching this, we also found out about another interesting Welsh tradition.
Hundreds of years ago, young men would not only give sweets and cakes as a sign of love and affection, but would also carve and give a unique lovespoon to the girl they admired.
The carving of a lovespoon would take hours, and many different symbols would be incorporated into the spoon. A heart was the symbol for love, bells for marriage, and a wheel was used to represent the provision of security.
Some of the oldest Welsh lovespoons, one dating from 1667, can still be seen today in the Welsh Folk Museum in Cardiff, although the tradition of lovespoons was widespread across the whole of Europe and the earliest known spoon was found in Germany and is from 1664. To read more about lovespoons, have a look at Robin Wood's blog here and here. He has a wealth of information and some great photos.
If carving a spoon for your loved one may prove a little challenging, then why not consider a pretty handmade card like this hand painted heart design. You can see lots more on our website