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Celebrating St Andrews Day

Posted By James Wilson in Recipes, News & Contests on Nov 15, 2021

St. Andrew’s Day has been a much-loved festival in Scotland for over a thousand years, taking place on the 30th November each year. Saint Andrew has been the patron saint of Scotland for centuries thousands of years in fact and in fact he was made patron saint in 1320. This was when Scotland declared independence. However, St. Andrew’s exact origins, including how he became Scotland’s patron saint, are unclear.

Who was St. Andrew

Although St. Andrew is Scotland’s patron saint, he wasn’t actually born in Scotland. It is widely believed that Andrew started life as a fisherman before he became one of Jesus’ 12 disciples, along with his brother Peter. Andrew then travelled far and wide to spread Jesus’ teachings, which may be how he came to be known in Scotland, although he may never have set foot in the country himself.

It is believed that when Scottish independence was declared in 1320, Andrew became the patron saint of Scotland. His story went on to shape many different aspects of Scottish culture, including the blue and white flag of Scotland, also known as the St Andrew’s Cross. St Andrew was known for his generosity, which is reflected today in the warm and generous nature of Scotland and its people.

Despite the fact that little is known of the man himself, St. Andrew has been pivotal in shaping not only Scottish society but the societies of numerous other countries around the world. In fact, some of his relics are still in Scotland today, which people travel from far and wide to pay homage to.

How to Celebrate

Today, St. Andrew’s Day is one of the most important dates in the Scottish calendar after Burns Night and Hogmanay, signaling the beginning of Scotland’s Winter Festival each year. The day is an official bank holiday and provides a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Scottish culture and traditional cuisine and dance.

Typical St. Andrew’s Day activities include plenty of food, drink, music and dancing, with festivities often lasting long into the night. Some traditional Scottish dishes to sample on St. Andrew’s Day include Cullen skink (fish soup), haggis, neeps and tatties (swede and potatoes) and Cranachan (a Scottish dessert made from cream, raspberries, oats and whisky).   

When it comes to St. Andrew’s Day, Scotland is the main country to enjoy the celebrations. However, many people may not know that St. Andrew is also the patron saint of several other countries, including Romania, Russia, Greece and Ukraine, among others. In fact, St. Andrew’s Day was originally started in the United State by a group of Scottish immigrants who wanted to remember their Scottish roots.

Content Credit

Fife Arms, How to Celebrate St Andrews Day. https://thefifearms.com/whats-on/how-to-celebrate-st-andrews-day/

 

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