St Andrews Day

5 things you need to know!

Who was St Andrew? Why is he Scotland’s patron saint? Why do we celebrate St Andrews Day all over the world?

The end of November can mean only one thing – we are getting ready to celebrate the kick off to Scotland’s Winter Festivals with St. Andrews Day on the 30th!  So get your saltire sweeties ready from your October WeeBox with a wee cuppa and read all about Scotland’s national day.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 St Andrew is Scotland’s patron saint and one of Jesus Christ’s 12 disciples.  Known for his generous and cooperative spirit, St. Andrew struck a chord with Scotland which is renown around the world for its incredibly warm welcome and friendliness.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 The saltire flag is his flag and thought to be the oldest in Europe and the Commonwealth.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 St Andrews Day lets us enjoy a bank holiday in Scotland – this year on the 2nd December as 30th November falls on a Saturday. 

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland celebrates by getting people together to ‘gie it laldie’!  Celebrations of Scottish culture, ceildhs, feasts and parties go on long into the crisp, winter night – a tradition that goes as far back as the year 1000 AD.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 St Andrews Day is celebrated by Scots and Scots-at-heart all over the world.  Following in St Andrews charitable footsteps, ‘St Andrews Societies’ around the globe were founded by Scots as early as 1729, looking to help the poor and distressed.  From these remarkable roots, the charities work still today to support the vulnerable and needy – with fundraising often a focus of St Andrews Dinners … not to mention a good old knees up!

Your October WeeBox was curated with St. Andrews Day as our inspiration – so don your luxurious, tartan scarf, cook up an old-fashioned feast with your ‘Scottish Teatime Favourites’ recipe book and toast our great, wee nation!

Happy St. Andrews Day WeeBox Clan x