Saturday, 30 November 2013

Saint Andrew.

Today, November 30th, is Saint Andrew's Day - St. Andrew being the Patron Saint of Scotland.   In his honour my friend J, whose late husband was a Scot, has bought a haggis to cook for her tea and my friend W has run the Scottish flag up her flagpole.

Sadly we English don't seem to celebrate our Patron Saint's day do we?    April 23rd is St. George's Day but as far as I know nothing is special about it.   The Scots seem to celebrate St. Andrew and the Welsh certainly celebrate St. David by wearing a daffodil.

I am afraid that I didn't even know who St. Andrew was, so if you are the same I will tell you that he was one of the apostles - a brother of St. Peter and was adopted as the Patron Saint of Scotland in the eighth century.   So Happy Saint Andrew's Day to all you Scots out there.

5 comments:

Gwil W said...

Are the Scots going to opt for independence? And if they do what will they use for money? It won't want be B of E notes with an English monarch's head on. So will they opt for the Euro? Or will they become the first nation to leave the EU? Lot to think about on this McAndrew's day.

Heather said...

Your posts are always interesting and informative Pat. I didn't know who St.Andrew was either. I hope your friend enjoyed her haggis. We had a neighbour who was a Scot and made haggis pizza! It was really tasty.

Nick said...

St. Andrew I could celebrate - but with haggis? Sorry, but I don't think so.

Em Parkinson said...

I liked the St Andrew's Google thing today too.

A Heron's View said...

I cannot but think that this years St Andrew's Day celebrations were marred by the tragedy that occurred in Glasgow.