St Andrew’s Day: A Scottish Celebration

Discover one of Scotland’s time-honoured celebrations

November’s Heartbox celebrates Scotland’s national day of celebration, St Andrew’s Day. This month’s box is brimming with a wonderful assortment of Scottish gifts to help you and your guests celebrate like a true Scot! Celebrating is what us Scots are famed for and this St Andrew’s Day there will be parties galore. Learn about the story behind this special day and how it became a day of celebration for Scottish citizens.

The origins of St Andrew’s Day

St. Andrew has been celebrated for over 1,000 years in Scotland with banquets being held in his honour since 1000 A.D. After signing the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, St Andrew became the official patron of Scotland, with our flag carrying his cross as a reminder of his compassion and generosity. St Andrew’s philanthropic values is something that us Scots continue to champion to this day by helping others less fortunate and building the Scots community spirit.

Time to Celebrate

The 30th of November is an important date in any Scots calendar, it’s the day we celebrate St Andrew’s day! Our national day, marking the beginning of Scotland as a nation.

On this holiday, we celebrate all it means to be Scottish, from our food, music and Highland Dancing. Coming together with friends and family with a delicious St Andrew’s day feast, being thankful we are lucky enough to come from our Bonnie wee land! We couldn’t think of a better way to showcase the very best of Scottish culture!

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Scotland at this time of year, the 6-day extravaganza held in St Andrews every year is not to be missed! These wonderful events begin with the ‘Beating of the Retreat’ parade which snakes its way through town led by a traditional open-air pipe band. After, you can dance the day away Scotland’s largest open-air Ceilidh.