I have some question about the Eisteddfod. Any Welsh people can clarify?
I'm talking about the ceremony:
The clocks have different colors - white, blue and green - what each color means? (not to mention the different designs within which).
On the first day you had a guy in a purple with gold robe and he wore a crown. The closing ceremoni, had a woman wearing the same robe (?) but no crown. I assume they are winners of poetry (man was last year- woman is this year maybe. but why no crown?).
You can look up on-line a number of sites to explain about the Eisteddfod. There are also news feed (in English as well as Welsh) about this year's at Llanwrst. It moves around. Last year it was her in Cardiff and was brilliant - great to practice your Welsh.
You can also go on line and watch S4C coverage and that might help. You can put on English subtitles.
There are many prizes. Was watching the choir competition last night. Brilliant.
Last year in Cardiff, a friend of mine, Matt (used to go to the same cafe to practice speaking Welsh as me), won "Learner of the Year."
Sadly the Eisteddfod had to finish early this year because of the dreadful weather.
It is just the Maes B evening gigs and the youth campsite that have closed early.
The three main award ceremonies (for best strict metre verse, best free verse and best prose) and some others held during the National Eisteddfod are run by the Gorsedd of Wales. They are based on rituals first devised in the late 18th century by the skilled poet and notorious literary fraudster Edward Willams (Iolo Morganwg).
There is a description of the Gorsedd and its ceremonies on Wikipedia under 'Gorsedd'.