I lived in Scotland from the age of 5 until I was 26
Although I was born in England I was brought up in Scotland
Today is St Andrew’s Day, a day to celebrate the patron saint of Scotland
St Andrew has been celebrated in Scotland for over a thousand years, with feasts being held in his honour as far back as the year 1000 AD. However, it wasn’t until 1320, when Scotland’s independence was declared with the signing of The Declaration of Arbroath, that he officially became Scotland’s patron saint. Since then St Andrew has become tied up in so much of Scotland. The flag of Scotland, the St Andrew’s Cross, was chosen in honour of him. Also, the ancient town of St Andrews was named due to its claim of being the final resting place of St Andrew.
He has struck a chord with the Scots for thousands of years and to this day and anyone who has visited Scotland can vouch that his spirit is still alive today. If you’re lost, there’s always someone there happy to point you in the right direction. In fact, Scotland is known around the world for its incredibly warm welcome and friendliness. It’s one of the many things that keeps people going back to visit.
In 2006, the Scottish Parliament passed the St. Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Act 2007, which designated the Day as an official bank holiday. If 30 November falls on a weekend, the next Monday is a bank holiday instead.
I remember when I was at school we would always have a Ceilidh around St Andrew’s Day. We would practice the dances for a few weeks beforehand. I think everyone’s favourite was Strip The Willow as you go up the line spinning each person pretty fast (Google it if you’ve never seen this dance in action, it’s great fun). I really want to take the boys to a Ceilidh when they are older
I love Haggis so any excuse to eat it is good to me, although the haggis is associated with Burns night in January it’s a great winter meal and perfect for St Andrew’s Day too
My brother asked a few weeks ago would I move back to Scotland….obviously we don’t know what the future holds but at the moment I have to say no. I love going back for holidays and to see family but I can’t see us moving back
I love Edinburgh, I think it is one of my favourite cities (if you haven’t been – GO!). The scenery around the west coast, especially around Fort William is gorgeous, but I think I am just happy with visits rather than living there.by