St. Andrew History
St Andrew’s Day celebrates Saint Andrew, one Jesus' 12 disciples. St Andrew was a Galilean fisherman before becoming a disciple. The day is also Scotland’s official national day, celebrating Scottish culture, food and dance.
The national celebration of St Andrew is purported to have originated during the reign of Malcolm III (1034-1093). The ritual slaughter of animals associated with Samhain (a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest) was moved to this date to ensure enough animals would survive the winter. In recent times the date has been given national holiday status. In 2006, the Scottish Parliament passed the St. Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday Act designating the day as a bank holiday- as per bank holiday tradition in the UK if it falls on a Sunday the next Monday is a bank holiday. St Andrew’s Day falls on November 30.
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