November 30th is St Andrew’s Day up here, a celebration of the patron saint of Scotland. Although it is not generally a national holiday, there are a few events going on around the country.
St Andrew is very well integrated into our culture. He was said to have been crucified on a diagonal cross, depicted on our flag, the saltire, as the white cross of St Andrew on a blue background. The ancient historic university town of St Andrews on the east coast was named in honour of the saint whose final resting place is supposedly here.
Known as a fair and generous man who desired to help those less fortunate, he has often inspired such generosity of spirit and friendliness amongst Scots over the years. This year on St Andrews Day, we are being encouraged to #BeLikeStAndrew by sharing an act of kindness with someone. Perhaps I could get away with mine being today (29th) when I bought coffee and chocolate for a homeless man in Glasgow!
If you’re around any of the venues on November 30th mentioned on the Scotland.org site, you’re guaranteed a great time.
And if you’d like to read a Scottish novel, two of mine are set around the beautiful west coast and are available on Amazon!