jueves, 1 de diciembre de 2016


St. Andrew's Day is celebrated on the 30th of November and it is is Scotland's official national day. In 2006, the Scottish Parliament designated St Andrew's Day as an official bank holiday

The celebration of St Andrew as a national festival is thought to originate from the reign of Malcolm III (1034–1093). It was thought that ritual slaughter of animals associated with Samhain was moved to this date, so as to assure enough animals were kept alive for Winter. But it is only in more recent times when the 30th November is a national holiday.[3]

Bagpipers Band Performing During St. Andrew's Day CelebrationIn Scotland, and many countries with Scottish connections, St Andrew's Day is marked with a celebration of Scottish culture with traditional Scottish food, music and dance. In Scotland the day is also seen as the start of a season of Scottish winter festivals. In Edinburgh, there is a week of celebrations, concentrating on musical entertainment and traditional ceilidh dancing. A ceilidh is a social event with couples dancing in circles or sets (groups of six or eight people). In Glasgow city centre, a large shindig, or party, with traditional music and a ceilidh are held.

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