Despite being a part of the United Kingdom, Wales has managed to retain its own distinctive culture by having its own language, holidays, customs and music, even making contributions to the politics and culture of the UK. King Henry VII, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and poet Dylan Thomas are among some of the famous personalities of Wales.
Known as ñthe land of songî, Wales is popular for its harpists, male voice choirs and a number of solo musicians. The annual festival of poetry and music is called the National Eisteddfod. Traditional music and dance in Wales is huge and widely supported by many socities.
The biggest religion in Wales is Christianity but thereÍs also a strong tradition of non-conformism in the country including Methodism. The Church in Wales is the major religious body and is self-governing.
The national language of Wales is Welsh but English is widely spoken throughout the country, making it easier for tourists to travel. Common words in Welsh - Bore Da (Good morning), P'nawn da (Good afternoon), "Os gwelwch yn dda" (Please) and Diolch (Thank-you).