30 Nov Why Don’t We Celebrate St. Andrew’s Day More?
Today is Scotland’s national day – St. Andrew’s Day. So why aren’t Scots celebrating?
St. Andrew was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ, alongside his brother Simon Peter. He is the patron saint of Scotland, as well as Romania, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, and Poland, despite never actually setting foot on Scottish soil. So, why is he the patron saint of Scotland?
The answer is unclear. The story goes that in the 9th Century, when Scotland’s King Angus was preparing for battle against the English, St. Andrew appeared to him in a dream and promised him victory. St. Andrew’s price for victory was that he became the patron saint of Scotland. King Angus and Scotland were indeed victorious in battle against the English and the victory was marked by an X appearing in the sky. St. Andrew was crucified on an X shaped cross rather the shape usually associated with crucifixions, and so this was the symbol for St. Andrew. In recognition of his help in securing victory for Scotland, St. Andrew was adopted as the patron saint of Scotland. Since then, Nov 30th has been St. Andrew’s Day and Scotland’s flag has been the Saltire, the blue background with the St. Andrew’s Cross on it to represent the vision King Angus saw in the sky.
It’s a great story. But St. Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s national day, and we do very little to celebrate it. Scots are not usually shy about celebrating anything Scottish, and it is very out of character for us to miss an opportunity for a celebration that could potentially involve drinking. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated world-wide, so isn’t it about time that St. Andrew’s Day received its fair share of global – and indeed local – attention?
We call on all Scottish brands, businesses, nationals, and residents to celebrate St. Andrews Day!
Happy St. Andrews Day to all our clients, friends, and families. Lang may yer lum reek! (Which is an old Scots way of wishing you good luck)