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Celebrate St Andrew's Day with the Scots

Simon Westlake

Nobody celebrates like the Scots and November 30, also known as St Andrew’s Day, is the perfect time to get involved.


Patriotic ... The streets will be blue and white for St Andrew's Day.   Photo: Chrissy Olson (Flickr)

AS the legend goes, St Andrew became the patron saint of Scotland in the 10th century. Why was he chosen as the patron saint? Because Scotland is the final resting place for the saint’s bones. Yes that is right the patron saint of Scotland didn’t actually come to live in Scotland until he was dust and bones as the legend goes.

A humble fisherman from Galilee he worked with his brother and followed Christian icon John the Baptist. He was then said to have spread the word of Jesus throughout Greece and was put to death on a cross by the Romans. That is why the Scots flag is called St Andrews and depicts a white cross.

His crucifixion is marked every year on this day in not only Scotland but Greece, Romania and the Ukraine. To prepare for St Andrew’s Day go and get a kilt, the traditional Scottish knee-length garment originally worn by the Highland Tribes. Head to a local pub or restaurant and have a taste of haggis, which is made from a sheep’s heart, liver and lungs (yum, yum!).

Possibly the proudest nation in Britain St Andrew’s Day’s importance has grown in recent years so go with the flow and join in whether you are Scottish or not. With traditional celebrations happening in St Andrews Fife the town named after the saint and a three day festival happening in Glasgow there is no excuse not to take full advantage of this last patron holiday of the year. 

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