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Dydd Santes Dwynwen: An Icy Day for Lovers

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January 25 is Dydd Santes Dwynwen, or Saint Dwynwen's Day, the Saint Valentine's Day of Wales. According to one version of the story of Saint Dwynwen—and there are many—Dwynwen was the daughter of a Welsh nobleman in the fifth century who was in love with a handsome man, Maelon. Unfortunately, things didn't work out between them, and Dwynwen fled to the woods and prayed, asking God to make her forget Maelon. An angel appeared and gave Dwynwen a potion that would help her forget Maelon and turn him into a block of ice.

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