St. Andrew's Day

St. Andrew Quick Facts - GB

2020 Date30 November 2020
2021 Date30 November 2021
St. Andrew (Scotland)

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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St. Andrew Facts & Quotes

  • St Andrew is also the patron saint of Romania, Greece and Russia.
  • St Andrew is believed to have died on a diagonally transversed cross which came to be known as St Andrew's Cross.
  • St Andrew's flag is also the flag of Scotland. It is a diagonal white cross on a blue background.
  • St Andrew was crucified by Romans in Patras, Greece. Remnants of the cross are now in the St Andrew's Cathedral in Patras while his remains lie in Amalfi, Italy.
  • Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind. ― Winston S. Churchill

St. Andrew Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit the Saint’s namesake town on the Fife coast of Scotland and explore St Andrews Cathedral. There is also a St Andrews Cathedral in Patras, Greece that you can enjoy.
  • Light up the November evening at Edinburgh’s Street of Light. The Royal Mile will be lit up to mark the start of the Christmas period in Scotland’s capital.
  • Read a book! Scotland has many produced many popular authors. Our suggestions include:
    1) The Bridge by Iain Banks
    2) Morvern Callar by Alan Warner
    3) The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell
  • Watch a Scottish cinematic masterpiece. Try one of these Scottish films:
    1) The 39 Steps
    2) Trainspotting
    3) The Wickerman
  • Listen to some of Scotland’s greatest musical talents. Enjoy listening to these popular Scottish artists:
    1) Screamadelica by Primal Scream
    2) This Is The Story by The Proclaimers
    3) Solid Air by John Martyn

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