Every year, St Andrew’s Day is observed in different places in the world, especially Europe, on November 30. The day is observed in honor of Saint Andrew who is considered the patron saint in several countries. St. Andrew’s Day is of special significance in Scotland where it is celebrated with various cultural traditions that involve food, drink, music, and dancing. For more details related to Saint Andrew as well as St. Andrew’s Day 2023 like history and celebration, check out this article.
St. Andrew’s Day 2023 Overview
|Event||St. Andrew’s Day 2023|
|Other names||Feast of Saint Andrew or Andermas|
|Date||November 30, 2023|
|Observed by||Different parts of the world|
|Purpose of celebration||To honor the patron saint and apostle of Jesus, Saint Andrew.|
St. Andrew’s Day Upcoming Events
Below mentioned are the upcoming dates for St. Andrew’s Day for the next 5 years.
|St. Andrew’s Day 2023||November 30, 2023||Thursday|
|St. Andrew’s Day 2024||November 30, 2024||Saturday|
|St. Andrew’s Day 2025||November 30, 2025||Sunday|
|St. Andrew’s Day 2026||November 30, 2026||Monday|
|St. Andrew’s Day 2027||November 30, 2027||Tuesday|
Holiday on St. Andrew’s Day
St. Andrew’s Day was established as a bank holiday in Scotland in 2006 under the St. Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Act 2007. If the holiday falls on a weekend, the bank holiday is observed on the next Monday. St. Andrew’s Day is also observed as a free holiday by the University of St Andrews. The popular Eton College also marks St. Andrew’s Day as a major holiday. The day is also observed as a national holiday in Romania since 2015.
History of St. Andrew’s Day
After Scotland gained its independence in 1320, St Andrew officially became the patron saint of the country. Later, to honor the legacy of Saint Andrew, November 30 was chosen as the day of celebration of Saint Andrew’s Day. According to some local stories, the day has been observed from the reign of Malcolm III who was the King of Scotland from 1058 to 1093. it was associated with the ritual of animal slaughter related to the Samhain festival which marked the end of the harvest festival and is observed on November 1.
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Details about Saint Andrew
Saint Andrew was one of the primary disciples of Jesus (also called the Twelve Apostles) who is also referred to as the First-Called. St. Andrew is credited with helping the Scottish king Oengus to win the battle against Northumberland and secure Scotland. Born between 5 and 10 AD in Galilee, Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter and a son of Jonah. It was Andrew who introduced his brother Simon, also known as the Apostle Peter, to Jesus. Both Andrew and Peter were fishermen and Jesus called them to be his disciples saying that he would make them “fishers of men”. It is believed that Andrew was martyred in AD 60 in Patras, Achaea via crucifixion. St Andrew is the patron saint of Cyprus, Scotland, Greece, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine.
St. Andrew’s Day Celebration 2023
St. Andrew’s Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Scotland and other countries, especially those with some Scottish connection. Traditional Scottish food and music play an important part in the celebration of this day. On this occasion, people prepare dishes such as cullen skink (a soup made of smoked haddock fish, potatoes, and onions), haggis (a pudding made from sheep meat, minced onion, oatmeal, spices, and salt), tatties (mashed potato), etc. In other countries like Barbados, St. Andrew’s Day is celebrated as the national day of Independence and there are also a few pre-Christian Romanian traditions connected to Saint Andrew’s Day.
St. Andrew’s Days Wishes
- “Happy St. Andrew’s Day! Here’s to celebrating the rich traditions and culture of Scotland. Slàinte mhath!”
- “Wishing you a joyful St. Andrew’s Day filled with the spirit of Scotland’s heritage and the warmth of its people.”
- “On this St. Andrew’s Day, may your day be as bright as a Highland sunrise and as warm as a Scottish welcome!”
- “To all our Scottish friends, Happy St. Andrew’s Day! May your day be filled with kilts, bagpipes, and a wee dram of Scotch.”
- “Sending love and best wishes on St. Andrew’s Day to all who hold Scotland close to their hearts. Enjoy the celebrations!”
- “Happy St. Andrew’s Day! May the spirit of Scotland’s national day fill your life with joy and pride in your heritage.”
- “Let the tartans fly and the bagpipes play—it’s St. Andrew’s Day! Wishing you a day filled with Scottish spirit and traditions.”
- “As we celebrate St. Andrew’s Day, let’s remember the great contributions of Scotland to the world and cherish our shared heritage.”
- “To all Scots near and far, Happy St. Andrew’s Day! May your day be filled with the music, food, and traditions you hold dear.”
- “On this special day, let’s raise a glass to Scotland and its people. Happy St. Andrew’s Day, and may your day be truly Scottish!”
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Frequently Asked Questions
St. Andrew’s Day will be observed on November 30, 2023.
St. Andrew’s Day has a fixed observation on November 30 of every year.
Saint Andrew’s Day is observed as an official bank holiday in Scotland. However, there is no compulsory day off given on this day.
Yes St. Andrew’s Day is a normal working day and schools in Scotland remain open on this day.
Anglican Communion, Presbyterianism, Eastern Orthodox Church, and Roman Catholic Church observe St. Andrew’s Day.