St Andrew’s Day, 30 November

St Andrew’s Day, 30 November

Today, Wednesday 30 November, is St Andrew’s Day as St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and St Andrew’s Day is a bank holiday in Scotland.

St Andrew was born in Bethesda on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and was the younger brother of St Peter. Both he and his brother became disciples of Jesus. He is said to have died bound to an “X” shaped cross at Patras in Achea in Greece. This shape is now reflected in the Scottish flag, known as the Saltire.

St Andrew has been recognized as the patron saint of Scotland since at least the ninth century. Watch this video from Education to learn more on St Andrew.

The bill to make St Andrew’s Day a bank holiday in Scotland was first introduced in 2003. The bill was supported by the First Minister of Scotland with one of the results of these negotiations was that the new law should not give employees an extra holiday, but that a holiday on St Andrew’s Day should replace an existing local holiday.

The St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Act 2007 was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 29 November 2006 and was given Royal Assent by Queen Elizabeth II on 15 January 2007.

The first St Andrew’s Day bank holiday was observed on 30 November 2007. The Scottish government used this as an opportunity to support celebrations of Scottish culture all over the world.

The Celtic Fusion programme on 100.8 Revival FM celebrated St Andrew’s Day with a programme exclusively of Scottish singers, songwriters and musicians.  The programme aired on the eve of St Andrew’s Day on Tuesday 29 November and is repeated again on Saturday 3 December at 5.00pm.  Celtic Fusion is also available to listen for up to seven days after transmission at the Revival FM Catch Up anytime page here.

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