First Day Cover: Folk Activities, Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales, 04 August 1976.
A first day cover (FDC) is a postage stamp on a cover, postal card or stamped envelope franked on the first day the issue.
Affixed to this envelope are four stamps issued on the 4th August 1976:
8 1/2p: Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales
10p: Morris Dancing
11p: Highland Gathering
13p: Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales
Plus a special frank celebrating the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales.
The Royal National Eisteddfod takes place alternately in North and South Wales. It is an eight day cultural festival which is held at the beginning of August every year. Taking place solely in the Welsh language, the Eisteddfod (“sitting together” or “gathering”) evolved out of bardic tournaments in which apprentice poets and musicians would compete against each other. To win a at a tournament was a way of finding employment, as poets relied on the patronage of nobles and the wealthy. Today, the Royal National Eisteddfod is the largest festival of competitive music and poetry in Europe.