Wednesday, 29 November 2017

St Andrew's Day in Scotland

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 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!



Maria said...

Thank you for sharing, I didn't know any of that...I like the idea of being kind to someone.
Have fun!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Maria - it's always good to be kind at any time of year!

Patsy said...

Happy St Andrew's Day, Rosemary.

I do like the idea of celebrating your national day with an act of kindness. It's a good way to celebrate just about anything.

Julia Thorley said...

How interesting. I live near Corby, well known for its population of Scottish folk, so I dare say there'll be a bit of kilt swinging there this evening. I'm going to try to do an act of kindness now.

Barb Massabrook said...

You are wonderful helping a homeless man. Your books are wonderful Rosemary.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Absolutely right, Patsy!

That's great, Julia - hope you saw some kilts!

Thank you so much for your kind comment, Barb, and I do hope you're keeping as well as possible.

Teresa Ashby said...

Interesting post, Rosemary - and what a wonderful idea to commemorate St Andrew's day by sharing an act of kindness.

Rae Cowie said...

What a lovely act of kindness, Rosemary. I'm sure the coffee and chocolate was very much appreciated. I think #BeLikeStAndrew is my favourite hashtag of the year! I helped friends collect food donations for local food banks, which was great fun - would love to make it a new tradition.

Joanna said...

It was so lovely to read this, Rosemary, especially the generosity St Andrew has generated and your own act of kindness to a homeless man. Really heartwarming xxx

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Rosemary Gemmell said...

Oh dear - I forgot to reply to some of you again until now!

Thanks, Teresa - it would be good if it was a regular occurrence!

Thanks, Rae - I love that hashtag too! That was great work you did.

Thank you, Joanna - it makes up for not doing such acts at other times!

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