St Andrew’s Day Celebrations

We know Andrew as the patron saint of Scotland, but did you know he’s also the patron saint of more countries including Romania, Barbados, Greece, Russia, Ukraine and Poland? Busy man! The origins of St Andrew’s connection to Scotland is speculated, especially since he never stepped foot in the country. Some say he appeared to King Angus of Scotland in a dream, but no matter what, St Andrew’s Day is always a good excuse to celebrate.

Celebrating St Andrew’s Day in Scotland

Culture

St Andrew’s Day falls on 30th November each year and it’s a great time to embrace Scottish culture. Including country dancing, music and ceilidhs. St Andrew’s fairs and festivals are held all over the country, with performers showing off their traditional dancing. Scottish singers, fiddlers and pipers are also popular among celebrations, so you can really immerse yourself in tradition. This year, some of Scotland’s events will be streamed online too. Such as the Blas Festival on 19th to 27th November 2021. So you can join in from wherever you are in the world!

Two Highland dancers doing a fling

Cuisine

It’s not a celebration without some great food! There are traditional dishes such as Cullen skink (a type of fish soup) but lamb and haggis are also a popular winter warmer. Of course, another true Scottish tradition is washing everything down with a dram of whisky!

Christmas markets

Although for some people Christmas starts earlier, around 30th November is usually when a lot of Christmas markets across the country turn on their lights and start ringing their sleigh bells! It’s a true marker of winter and the start of the festive season (but at Mackays we’ve been thinking about Christmas for a while now!).

How will you be celebrating?

Are you doing anything for St Andrew’s Day this year? You could book a table at Mackays’ No. 1 Bistro for some delicious Scottish fayre, right here in Wick! But don’t worry if you have nothing planned, there’s always Hogmanay or Burns Night for more excuses to party!

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