Shwmae is a South Wales way of saying ‘How do you do?’ or Su’mae for North Wales.
The aim of Shwmae day is to show that the Welsh language belongs to everyone – fluent speakers, learners, those who have lost confidence and those who only know a few words.
In Enfys our pupils have come to school in the Welsh colours – either red, green or white and have brought in something that they associate with being Welsh. We have lots of dragons, daffodils and rugby players in our midst!
In Middle school our year 5 & year 6 pupils are also bringing in something they associate with being Welsh and taking part in Welsh activities. Year 7 & year 8 pupils have been having special Shwmae lessons throughout the week.
Have a look at the video on YouTube https://youtu.be/z1aydi90eww to see our staff and pupils getting into the Shwmae spirit!
The first ever Shwmae Su’mae Day took place on October 15, 2013, and for six years it has encouraged people to share the Welsh language with others, be it at work, at the shops, or out and about with friends.
It is celebrated throughout Wales and beyond – with special events including coffee shops and workshops being held from Mold to Newport, from Anglesey to Patagonia – and is the brainchild of umbrella group Dathlu’r Cymraeg, who hope that a single “Shwmae” or “Su’mae” could inspire thousands of people to start every conversation in Welsh in future.
Why not try starting a conversation with Shwmae? There are many ways to take part in Shwmae / Su’mae day and to encourage others to take part.