Things to see - Culture
Traditional Welsh food focuses on fresh, local ingredients like Glamorgan sausages, Welsh Black beef and seasonal vegetables. If you visit a traditional Welsh restaurant or family home, you will most likely find some of the following foods: Welshcakes, Bara brith, Cawl, Welsh rarebit, Laverbread, Cockles...
The most important and longest standing arts tradition in Wales is the Eisteddfod. This is a Welsh festival of literature, music and performance which started in the 12th century. The most popular of these events is the National Eisteddfod of Wales, which is the largest festival of competitive music and poetry in Europe, attracting more than 150,000 visitors each year!
Wales has many traditions but the most public is the annual celebration of St. David’s Day. On the 1st of March every year, this holiday is celebrated all over Wales to welcome spring and honour St. David, the patron saint of Wales. The National St. David’s Day parade is hosted in the centre of Cardiff. Many people also dress as daffodils, dragons or leeks.
Although the Welsh language is important to Wales, it is not widely spoken in Cardiff. Students may hear Welsh being spoken on TV or on a night out, but most people in South Wales speak only English and have very easy accents to understand.