Celebrating is something Scots do really well, and if there is one day of the year where you'll hear a lot of noise from us, it's St Andrew's Day. Scots and Scots-at-heart come together to celebrate the patron saint of Scotland and our national day with a holiday and fantastic events, which showcase the very best of Scottish culture.
St Andrew's Day Activities and Events
So, when is St Andrew's Day, and what's on in 2022? This important Scottish day of celebration falls on the 30 November - and this year live events are back! You'll be able to enjoy a varied programme of events and festivals, featuring uniquely Scottish line-ups of music, dance, culture and more.
Stay tuned for more event information for 2022 released later in the year!
St Andrew's Day FAQ's
What is St Andrew's Day?
St Andrew's Day is the feast day of Andrew the Apostle and is celebrated every year in Scotland on the 30 November. In 1320, St Andrew officially became the patron saint of Scotland when the country's independence was declared with the signing of The Declaration of Arbroath.
Is St Andrew's Day a Public Holiday?
Yes. In 2006, the Scottish Parliament declared St Andrew's Day a bank holiday. Although it is not law, most Scottish employers are left to decide whether to give their staff a day off and close for the day. If the 30 November falls on the weekend, staff are given the Friday or Monday off work.
What are the most common St Andrew's Day traditions?
St Andrew's Day celebrates the very best of Scottish culture with lots of delicious food and drink, music and ceilidh dancing, with parties going into the wee small hours of the night.
What are common St Andrew's Day Games?
Get creative at home and spruce up your living space with these fun St Andrew's Day crafts. From Scottie Dog mobiles to making your very own saltire collage. There's lots to keep wee and big bairns entertained!
What are common St Andrew's Day songs?
- Liberty sung by The Corries
- Loch Lomond performed by Runrig
- Scots Wha Hae, written by Robert Burns, sung by Dick Gaughan
- The Wild Geese/Norland Wind sung by Jim Reid
What is St Andrew's Day Food?
Scotland's food and drink plays a big part on St Andrew's Day. For starters, the traditional soup dish cullen skink is often served; made of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions. When it comes to the main course, there can only one dish to celebrate Scotland's patron saint, haggis, neeps (turnip), and tatties (mashed potato). Dessert is a dish best served hot especially on cold winter nights, round off your feast with clootie dumpling and custard. A traditional Scottish dessert made of dried fruit, spices, oatmeal or breadcrumbs, flour, and beef suet. The word 'clootie' derives from the Old Scots word 'cloth' where the dumpling was traditionally boiled.