What is St Andrew”s Day? How do the Scots mark the patron saint’s feast day?

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When is St Andrews’s Day? 

Scots have the day off work today because they have a public holiday to mark the feast day of St Andrew. 

Scotland’s national day always falls on November 30 and it has been a public holiday for a decade, unlike St George’s Day in England.  

How do Scots celebrate St Andrew’s Day? 

People across Scotland celebrate their patron saint’s feast day with parties, traditional dinners and festivals. 

Google has marked St Andrew’s Day with an animated Doodle of Scotland’s flag, the satire, in different parts of Scotland. 

St Andrew”s Day is also trending online as people from Scotland and around the world wish each other a happy St Andrew’s Day. 

Scottish First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said: “St Andrew’s Day is a special day in Scotland.

“It’s a time when we celebrate our history, our culture and our people. 

“This week there are multicultural events taking place in communities right across our country. 

She said St Andrew’s Day marked the start of Scotland’s winter festivals and major visitor attractions were opening their doors for free.  

She also encouraged people to ’share for St Andrew’ by helping each other, making donations and reaching out to the community. 

Who is St Andrew? 

Andrew and his brother Simon, who is known as Saint Peter, were Galilean fisherman who became the disciples of Jesus. 

The Gospel of Matthew says: “They were putting a net into the sea for they were fishermen. 

“Jesus said to them, ‘Follow Me. I will make you fishers of men!’ At once they left their nets and followed Him.” 

But the Gospel of John says that Andrew was first a disciple of John the Baptist and through him decided to follow Jesus.