Welsh Traditions

The tradition of Welsh Love Spoons dates back to the 17th Century. They were developed from the "Cawl" (soup) spoon. Each spoon was lovingly carved out of a single piece of wood (usually sycamore) and was given as a token of affection by a lover to his girl. Every spoon was as individual as it's carver, and therefore tells it's own unique story. Hearts are common symbols on the spoons and of course symbolise the love the carver has for his girl. Chain links represent the links between the two lovers.

Peacocks - a wish for fertility
Horseshoe - for good luck (often found on wedding spoons)
Caged balls - fertility and security
The number of balls in each spoon represented the number of children the carver required from a marriage.
Key - carver wished to lock his girl in his heart.
When a couple emigrated they may be given a spoon containing a real seed - that they may plant in the new land and the plant would serve as a reminder of their home country - WALES.

The NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD of WALES Yr EISTEDDFOD GENEDLAETHOL
An annual event which dates back to the thirteenth century, in which you can see the WELSH culture come to life.
It is a festival of music, crafts and literature with "children of all ages"competing for their school, or
organisation. It is also a time to see old friends who have emigrated to far away lands and come home especially for the Eisteddfod.