30th November – St Andrew’s Day

St Andrew’s Day is celebrated each year on 30 November and is Scotland’s national day.

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St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, as well as several other countries including Greece, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.

According to legend a monk called Regulus brought relics of St Andrew to Scotland where he was given land to build a church by a Pictish king. The settlement grew into the town of St Andrew’s, where the cathedral became a place of religious pilgrimage and the university, the oldest in Scotland, was founded in 1413.

The Scottish flag, the Saltire, is based on the X-shaped cross on which St Andrew was crucified on 30 November, 60 AD. An ancient story tells that a St Andrew’s Cross was seen in the sky on the morning of a crucial battle in 832AD between the Picts and the Angles. The Picts were inspired by the symbol and were victorious in the battle.

To read more and Source: http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk 

St Andrews Cathedral

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