By Araks-Naomi Zainali

St David's Day DaffodilAs Welsh citizens assemble in demonstrations of national pride and children adorn their traditional costumes, we raise the question of whether or not St David’s Day should be appointed a national holiday?

Tentative proposals were initiated by the Government last spring to bring forward May Bank Holiday, so that it coincides with celebrations of the Welsh patron saint.  If this idea were ever to materialise, St George’s Day would have to be conferred the same status, at considerable economic risk.

Alternatively, some see the prospect of a “UK Day”, falling upon a date of historic or military significance, as a means of boosting national cohesion and co-operation. Such an occasion could also extend our traditional tourism season.

Or perhaps we Brits indulge in too many gluttonous festivities as it is?

Do you think that Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales should honour their individual cultural heritage, or would you like to see a day inspiring British patriotism? Whatever your opinion, we wish you a Happy St David’s Day!

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  • Emma Hughes

    UK workers have the lowest number of public holidays in Western Europe, so I definitely wouldn’t describe us as indulgent! I think we should go for both, let’s celebrate our own culture as individual nations but also the union that makes us Great!

  • Emma Clarke

    Being half-English and half-Welsh I really like the idea of a “UK Day”.

  • Anna Bastek

    When I met the Prime Minister Cameron last year in 10 Downing St at St David’s Day he promised to consider making it a bank holiday, a year later still nothing!