Happy St Andrew’s Day! 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? He’s a 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 it’s a good excuse to celebrate.
St Andrew’s Day is a great time to embrace Scottish culture including country dancing, music and ceilidhs. There are lots of St Andrew’s fairs and festivals happening all over the country, with performers showing off their Scottish dancing.
Scottish singers, fiddlers and pipers are also popular among St Andrew’s Day celebrations, so you can really immerse yourself in Scottish tradition!
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 for St Andrew’s Day. Of course, another true Scottish tradition is washing everything down with a dram of whisky!
Although for some people Christmas starts earlier in November, St Andrew’s Day 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!).