Enseñanza Bilingüe en Infantil y Primaria

29 oct. 2012

ST ANDREW'S DAY 30th November


St Andrew - Patron Saint of Scotland

St Andrews Day is on 30 November. On this day, Scots all around the world celebrate their national day.
The Flag of Scotland - St Andrew's Saltire
image: Flag of Scotland
The Saltire
The Scottish flag is the cross of St. Andrew, also known as the Saltire. It is said to be one of the oldest national flags of any country, dating back at least to the 12th century.
Who was St Andrew?
image: flagSaint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, Greece and Russia and was Christ's first disciple.

image: flagSt. Andrew was one of the Twelve Apostles (disciples of Jesus) and brother of Simon Peter (Saint Peter). He was a fisherman by trade, who lived in Galilee (in present-day Israel.)
Why is St Andrew's symbol a white cross on a blue background?
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St. Andrew is believed to have died on a diagonally transversed cross, which the Romans sometimes used for executions. The cross St. Andrew was crucified on has been adopted as the national flag of Scotland, later incorporated into the Union Flag. The blue stands for the sky.

The thistle is widely regarded as the emblem of Scotland.
How the thistle became an emblem of Scotland
A legend tells of how a group of Scots were sleeping in a field when a group of Vikings crept up to attack. Fortunately one of the Vikings stood on a thistle, whose prickles penetrated through to his foot and made him yell with pain. His cries woke the sleeping Scots who were able to fight off their attackers. It is said that from this day the thistle has been adopted as Scotland's national emblem.
Facts, Customs and Traditions
image: flagSt. Andrew's Day is connected with Advent, which begins on the nearest Sunday to 30 November.

image: flagSt. Andrew's Day marks the opening of Christmas Markets.

image: flagMany Midwinter customs and folk superstitions are also connected to St. Andrew's day.

image: flagAround midnight on Nov. 29, the day before St Andrew's Day, it was traditional for girls to pray to St. Andrew for a husband. They would make a wish and look for a sign that they had been heard.
image: flagA girl wishing to marry could:
  • Throw a shoe at a door. If the toe of the shoe pointed in the direction of the exit, then she would marry and leave her parents' house within a year.
  • Peel a whole apple without breaking the peel and throw the peel over the shoulder. If the peel formed a letter of the alphabet, then this suggested the name of her future groom.
St Andrew's Day Celebrations
St Andrew's Day is often a celebration of general Scottishness with traditional food, music (especially bagpipes) and dancing.
St Andrew's Day - Bank Holiday
In January 2007, the St Andrew's Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Act was given royal assent, making 30 November (or the nearest Monday if a weekend) a bank holiday in Scotland. However, instead of being a full public holiday, it is a voluntary public holiday.


St Andrew's Day Crafts

St Andrew's Day crafts for kids
Involve the kids with our growing collection of St Andrew's Day crafts - some patriotic, some just for fun!
St Andrew's Day Crafts

St Andrew's Day Colouring Pages

Scottish piper colouring page
Activity Village's collection of original St Andrew's Day colouring pages, including Loch Ness monsters for all ages, the Scottish flag, a piper, children in national dress, and more!
St Andrew's Day Colouring Pages Lots NEW!

St Andrew's Day Jigsaws

Flag jigsaw - Scotland
Flag jigsaw - Scotland
You will also need our jigsaw cutting guides and instructions:
Kids jigsaws to print

St Andrew's Day Printables

Dictionary of Scottish Dialect
You'll find all sorts here: colouring maps of Scotland, Scottish flag printables, acrostic poem printables to try, and notebooking paper for any Famous Scots you might be studying!
St Andrew's Day Printables Lots NEW!

St Andrew's Day Origami

Origami Loch Ness Monster
Try your hand at folding your very own origami Loch Ness monster - or how about an origami kilt?
St Andrew's Day Origami

St Andrew's Day Puzzles

We have two Scotland-themed word search puzzles for you to print for your children.
St Andrew's Day Puzzles

The Loch Ness Monster

Loch Ness Monster
The Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie, is one of the most famous residents of Scotland, and children love to hear about it. Here we have a page of Nessie inspired ideas for you to enjoy.
Loch Ness Monster activities Lots NEW!
Scottish Flag

More St Andrew's Day Activities