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St Andrew’s Day (The Feast of St Andrew) is now an official bank holiday in Scotland and is held on the 30 November. Saint Andrew’s Day marks the beginning of the traditional Advent devotion of the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena.

Burns Night is a celebration of the life and work of the Scottish poet Robert Burns and is normally held on or near Robert Burns’s birthday, 25 January.

Who is St Andrew?

St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland He is also the patron saint of Romania, Greece, Russia, Ukraine and Poland. Patron saints are chosen to be special protectors or guardians over things. St Andrew was Jesus’ first disciple, one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus and the brother of St. Peter. The Romans sentenced him to death by crucifixion in Patras, Greece. St Andrew asked to be crucified on a diagonal cross as he felt he wasn’t worthy to die on the same shaped cross as Jesus. This diagonal cross is now used on the Scottish flag – the Saltire.

Why do we celebrate St Andrew’s Day?
Andrew’s connection with Scotland relates to the legend that some of his remains were kept at the site that is now the town of St Andrews. A chapel was built to house the remains and became a place of pilgrimage.

How do you celebrate St Andrew’s Day?
The day is usually marked with a celebration of Scottish culture, including dancing, music, food and drink, with parties going on long into the cold winter night. Every November 30th, Scottish people all over the world gather to celebrate the feast of St. Andrew, Scotland’s patron saint.

How do you celebrate Burns Night?
Burns Night is normally celebrated with a traditional Burns Supper of haggis, neeps (mashed swede) and tatties (mashed potatoes). After the Burns Supper starter is served, the haggis is carried in on a silver salver and piped in by a bagpiper, the host recites an Address to the Haggis, everyone toasts the haggis with whisky and the main meal is served. ‘Slàinte mhath’ (good health).

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