St. Andrew’s Day is the feast day of Saint Andrew. It is celebrated on the 30th of November. Today’s Doodle features the Scottish flag proudly waving against the backdrop of famed locations throughout the country, including Cuillin Hills, Ben Nevis, Broch of Mousa, Isle of Skye, and Loch Lomond.
Google Doodle on St. Andrew’s Day 2016
On November 30 the world celebrates St Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s national day. There will be parties galore in Scotland, events around the world, and you could even host your own party. Join the celebrations!
St. Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s official national day, celebrating the feast day of St. Andrew—the nation’s patron saint since the 10th century. The Scottish government mandates that the flag, also known as the Saltire or St. Andrew’s Cross, is flown today on every building with a flagpole.
Festivities will include traditional Scottish foods like haggis, neeps, and tatties, as well as parades, music, and dancing. The celebrations kick off Scotland’s winter festival season.
A History of St Andrew
Written by Michael T R B Turnbull, author of Saint Andrew: Myth, Legend and Reality
Saint Andrew (who is believed to have later preached around the shores of the Black Sea), was an agile and hardy Galilean fisherman whose name means Strong and who also had good social skills. He brought the first foreigners to meet Jesus and shamed a large crowd of people into sharing their food with the people beside them. Today we might describe him as the Patron Saint of Social Networking!
Having Saint Andrew as Scotland’s Patron gave the country several advantages: because he was the brother of Saint Peter, founder of the Church, the Scots were able to appeal to the Pope in 1320 (The Declaration of Arbroath) for protection against the attempts of English kings to conquer the Scots. Traditionally, Scots also claimed that they were descended from the Scythians who lived on the shores of the Black Sea in what is now Romania and Bulgaria and were converted by Saint Andrew.
In the fascinating legend of The Voyage of St Rule from Greece to Scotland we can see the complicated spread of devotion to Saint Andrew – from Constantinople in modern Turkey, to St Andrews in Fife. St Rule (Regulus in Latin) and the six nuns and monks who took the long sea-journey with him, stands for the missionaries and monasteries who worked long and hard to bring the Good News to Britain. They lived in communities organised by a monastic Rule – hence the name St Rule or Regulus.
Fast facts about St Andrew
- St Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland
- St Andrew is celebrated on 30 November
- St Andrew’s Day is a day to celebrate Scottish culture, food and dance
- St Andrew’s flag is the flag of Scotland
- The flag is in the form of a white X on a blue background and is commonly known as The Saltire
- St Andrew’s Societies celebrate Scottish culture around the world
- St Andrew’s Day is a bank holiday in Scotland but entitlement to leave depends on the employer
- St Andrew is also the patron saint of Romania, Greece and Russia
- Scotland is one of the few countries to have one of Christs disciples as their patron saint
- St Andrew was one of the Twelve Apostles (disciples of Jesus) and brother of St Peter
- St Andrew is believed to have died on a diagonally transversed cross which the Romans sometimes used for executions and which, therefore, came to be called St Andrews Cross
- St Andrew’s Day is connected with Advent, which begins on the first Sunday after November 26
- St Andrew’s Day marks the beginning of Scotlands winter festivals.