When is St Andrews Day and what is it about?

A pro-independence supporter wearing a kilt holds the Scottish flag

A pro-independence supporter wearing a kilt holds the Scottish flag (Image: Getty Images)

Happy Andrew’s Day!

Today is Scotland’s National Day – a day dedicated to all things Scottish while also celebrating their patron saint.

It’s a national holiday in Scotland, which means a great opportunity to meet friends and family for a great meal and small party.

Here you will find everything you need to know about St. Andrew’s Day.

Date 2022: When is St. Andrew’s Day?

St Andrew’s Day is on November 30th every year. This year, that date falls on a Wednesday.

It’s of course a public holiday, which means most people in Scotland get a day off from work.

What is St. Andrew’s Day about?

A Scottish football fan waves a Saltire Scottish flag with Big Ben behind

A Scottish football fan waves a Scottish Saltire flag (Image: Reuters)

St Andrew’s Day is all about Scotland’s National Day with celebrations, music, dancing, flag waving and gathering with family and friends.

It is also a day to reflect on who Saint Andrew was and how to carry on his legacy.

That means trying to share what you have with others who are less fortunate and being kind to others.

It’s also a time to reflect on what it means to be Scottish.

Who was Saint Andrew?

St Andrew

St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland (Image: Getty)

Saint Andrew has been the patron saint of Scotland for well over a thousand years and has been celebrated by people since 1000 AD.

He was not made a patron saint until 1320, when Scotland declared its independence with the Declaration of Arbroath.

Since then, Saint Andrew has been venerated in Scotland in many ways, including on the Scottish flag featuring the St Andrew Cross and the town of St Andrews where he is believed to have been buried and was named after him

The reason St Andrew became important to Scotland was that it encapsulates many of the characteristics found in Scots.

St. Andrew, a fisherman, grew up in modest circumstances and was known throughout his life for being generous and strong. His philosophy was to share whatever he had with those less fortunate.

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Saint Andrew always took every opportunity to help others – and that’s why he was chosen as their patron saint. St Andrew is also the patron saint of Greece, Romania, Russia and Barbados.

He became one of Jesus’ disciples and one of the Twelve Apostles. He was also the brother of St Peter, who founded the Catholic Church so that in 1320 the Scots could seek protection from the Pope against attempts by the English kings to take over Scotland.

Saint Andrew died on an X-shaped cross in Greece, now known as the Saltire or St. Andrew’s Cross. It is believed that after his death, his remains were transferred to Constantinople hundreds of years later.

Duncan Thomson, Brian McCutcheon, John Patterson and Arthur Murdoch of the King of Scots Robert the Bruce Society hold the Scottish flags

Duncan Thomson, Brian McCutcheon, John Patterson and Arthur Murdoch of the King of Scots Robert the Bruce Society hold the Scottish flags (Image: Getty Images)

Like many early Christians, Saint Andrew was crucified by the Romans because they didn’t like Christians very much. Saint Andrew was the first bishop in Greece, and the Romans weren’t too happy about that.

His remains were transported again to Amalfi, Italy, in the 13th century. Most of St Andrew is still there today, but parts of it have been moved to Scotland over the years.

These include his tooth, kneecap, arm and finger bones, which have been in Scotland since the 16th century. While his shoulder blade was donated by the Archbishop of Amalfi in 1879 and Pope Paul VI. Scotland gave more parts in 1969.

According to legend, the first dentures of St Andrew made their way to Scotland thanks to St Rule or St Regulus, a Greek monk who had a vision telling him to take the dentures for safekeeping to the ends of the earth .

His journey took him to the coast of Fife, which can easily be mistaken for the end of the world. The town where St Rule landed is now St Andrews.

Quotes, poems and greetings for St. Andrew’s Day

Latha Naomh Anndra sona dhuibh!

It’s Scottish Gaelic for Happy St Andrews Day and it’s the perfect greeting for today.

You can not only show a little patriotism, but also surprise many family members and friends.

Here are some quotes, poems, sayings and other messages to share this St. Andrew’s Day.

Six St Andrew’s Day quotes

The Jacobite Steam Train crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct, Highlands of Scotland

The Jacobite Steam Train crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct, Highlands of Scotland (Image: Rex)

1) I’m William Wallace and the rest of you will be spared. Go back to England and tell them…Scotland is free! -William Wallace

2) If Scotland were independent we would be the 14th richest country in the developed world – Nicola Sturgeon

3) Scotland is the best place on earth – Gail Porter

4) Scotland should not be less than equal to any other nation in the world – Sean Connery

5) I love Scotland – I was made an honorary Wallace after working on Braveheart, you know. When I have a day or two off I love nothing more than driving up there and scrambling around Glencoe – Brian Blessed

6) I think Scotland could wonderfully take a stand, ecologically and morally and ethically – Annie Lennox

Source: Brainy quote

Three patriotic Scottish poems to share

Scotland fans in kilts

Scotland fans wear kilts (Image: Getty Images)

1) For refuge – Pippa Long

Don’t use names. streets
were hidden
edited. Sharpen your oldest sense.
learn the wind
remember where it goes
wear your smells The truck stops
are roofless churches.

2) Breenge – Stuart A. Paterson

This morning when the 372 shoogled
by Carsethorn, hirpled
Wabbit past the church and through
Dreich smirr hopped down
droukit braes above, I saw
a coupit yowe in a kelpit lea,
beelin-eened cuddies bend over a hazel
Dykes to yell at me, a whiff of Speugs

3) The Conversion of Sheep – Giant Mcmillan

When St. Fillian first came to the sheep
they stood there with their Sumerian heads
and stared at him
for it is a fact that sheep are mentioned
many times in the bible
it’s always bad.

Source: Scottish Poems

Seven Scottish Sayings for St Andrews Day

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle (Image: Getty)

1) Whit’s fur ye’ll no go through ye – Whatever happens, happens

2) You’re a little scunner! – You are a nuisance

3) Speak o’ the Devil – used when talking about someone who then appears

4) A scruffy face suits dishes – you are so beautiful, a dish towel would suit you

5) Your butt is the wind! – They don’t make any sense

6) Ma heid’s mince – My head is messed up

7) Yer gettin’ skelped – You’re going to get beaten

Source: Scottish-at-heart.com

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