St Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s national day. Every year, on November 30, we celebrate Scotland’s patron saint, St Andrew. St. Andrew’s Day celebrations kick start the festive spirit on the run down to Christmas and Hogmanay.
St Andrew has been celebrated in Scotland for thousands of years. It wasn’t until Scottish independence was declared that St Andrew became the patron saint of Scotland in 1320. The saltire flag is in honour of St Andrew and the cross on which he died. St Andrew’s Day has only been celebrated however since the 1800s. Surprisingly, the national day did not begin in Scotland but in the USA by those who had migrated over the water and wanted to re-connect with their Scottish heritage. So, you do not need to be in Scotland in order to celebrate Scotland’s national day!
Not sure how to celebrate St Andrew’s Day? There are many events across Scotland and online which you can take part in to celebrate Scotland’s national day. All events were cancelled last year because of COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions. If you are planning on attending any events this St Andrew’s Day or any events in the run-up to Christmas, remember to check if a vaccine passport or negative lateral flow test is required to attend the event.
Here is what you can do this St Andrew’s Day:
St Andrew’s Day at Palace Holyroodhouse
Sunday the November 28, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is hosting a St Andrew’s day event perfect for the whole family. The event included music, crafts, and storytelling. The event runs from 10 am till 3 pm.
St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade
If you’re in Glasgow, why not attend the torchlight parade at Glasgow Botanic Gardens. The event includes fire performers, live music, and street theatre. The parade starts at 6 pm on November 27.
There will be numerous local ceilidhs and celebrations across Scotland on November 30 and the weekend following. Keep a lookout for any local events that may take place over the week and get involved!
Other ways to celebrate:
It wouldn’t be a Scottish holiday without our national food and drink. Traditional Scottish cuisine is the perfect way to celebrate St Andrew’s Day at home with friends or family. Scotland’s national dish consists of haggis, neeps (turnips), and tatties (potatoes), perfect for the beginning of winter. A dram of whiskey wouldn’t go amiss either!
Various bars and restaurants will be celebrating the event. Support your local restaurants and/or pub with a celebratory meal and drink.
A great way for kids to get involved in to take part in St Andrew’s Day themed activities. There are various websites with colouring-in pictures to print out and craft ideas.
Baking is a great way for kids to get involved too! Making homemade shortbread would be great fun for the whole family.
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