Saint Andrew

Saint Andrew Quick Facts - GB

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2022 Date30 November 2022
2023 Date30 November 2023
Saint Andrew (Scotland)

Saint Andrew History

St Andrew’s Day celebrates Saint Andrew, one of Jesus' 12 disciples. Saint Andrew was a Galilean fisherman before becoming one of Jesus' disciple. It is believed he brought the first foreigners to meet Jesus. Saint Andrew is also believed to have been the founder of the Church of Byzantium. It’s said he was the first bishop. He is the patron saint of several countries like Scotland, Russia, and Romania.

St Andrew’s Day is believed 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 2006, the Scottish Parliament passed the St. Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday Act. This recognized the day as a bank holiday. This day is celebrated annually on 30 November.

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Saint 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-transverse 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

Saint 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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