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The First Minister’s St David’s Day message – 2023

Neges Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Prif Weinidog Cymru – 2023

The First Minister's message to the people of Wales on St David's Day

Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus i chi.

I hope you have a great day wherever you are this year.

At a time when things can feel worrying and uncertain, today is an opportunity for us all to come together and celebrate Wales.

It’s an opportunity for us to show who we are and what we stand for.

Wales is a country proud of its open and progressive values.

A nation of close-knit communities with a strong sense of social justice and fairness.

A Nation of Sanctuary that welcomes those who have been displaced by war and conflict and those seeking a safe place to live.

A world leader when it comes to sustainability as we move towards a net zero Wales.

A place where businesses, creators and innovators can thrive.

We have a rich history, a vibrant and distinctive culture, and a unique language — Cymraeg

We are a land of sport and song. But we’re so much more than that.

Today’s modern Wales is a country of innovation, inclusivity – and, most importantly of all, kindness.

Wherever you are celebrating St David’s Day – mwynhewch – enjoy!

Notes to editors

The First Minister will attend a reception to celebrate St David’s Day at the UK Residence in Brussels. During his visit the First Minister will also take part in meetings and events at the European Parliament, the UK Mission to the EU and Wales House.

The Education and Welsh Language Minister will host a Welsh Government reception to celebrate St David’s Day in Dublin. The Minister will also meet pupils at an Irish-language school launching a workshop with the Urdd, host a business reception with Welsh Government trade mission companies, and will meet Wales Arts International and Screen Producers Ireland to celebrate Welsh and Irish language TV and Film production.

The Health and Social Services Minister will attend and speak at an event organised by the World Health Organization in Copenhagen on 1-2nd March. Whilst in Copenhagen, the Minister will host a reception to celebrate St David’s Day at the UK Embassy.

On the 2nd of March The Minister for Finance and Local Government will be attending a St David’s Day Reception in London, hosted by the US Ambassador to the UK.