How to Celebrate St. Andrews Day

On the 30th of November, St. Andrews Day is celebrated throughout the world to celebrate the life of St. Andrew who is the patron saint of Scotland, Greece and Russia. St. Andrew was a fisherman and brother of the disciple Simon Peter (St. Peter). He was also the first disciple of Jesus Christ. This guide will show you how to celebrate St.Andrews Day from a Scottish point of view.


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    Buy and fly the National Flag of Scotland. The flag consists of a white St. Andrews Cross against a blue background. According to legend, Saint Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland, was crucified on an X-shaped cross at Patras, (Patrae), in Achaea. Use of the familiar iconography of his martyrdom, showing the apostle bound to an X-shaped cross, first appears in the Kingdom of Scotland in 1180, during the reign of William I. The flag is one of the oldest national flags in the world.
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    Celebrate the culture of Scotland by attending a St. Andrews Day party in the capital city of Edinburgh, Scotland. There will be many parties in and around the capital city as well as all around Scotland. If you can't get to Scotland, then why not hold a small gathering at your local public house or even at your own home? You could invite all of your friends to the party to enjoy all things Scottish.
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    Dress in traditional Scottish costume. For men, you could consider buying or hiring a kilt and even try to find if your family surname has a kilt of its own. For women, you could add something as little as a nice piece of tartan to your clothing.
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    Enjoy Scottish food and drink. You could go for a nice meal and order haggis, neeps and tatties which is Scotland's national dish. Wash it all down with a dram of whiskey which is Scotland's national drink. For the children, you could give them some traditional Scottish shortbread or tablet.
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    Decorate yourself! Get some face paint and paint the Saint Andrews Cross onto your face or cheeks. For the girls, try adding the Scottish saltire to your nails with blue and white nail polish.
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    Add the Scottish flag as your main profile picture on your social networking sites like Facebook.
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    For the very serious, try to learn how to play the bagpipes. The bagpipes are the national instrument of Scotland and take some time and dedication to learn.

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