Today the 30th November is St. Andrews Day.
It is a Scottish holiday, which welcomes in the winter season. It is a celebration of Scottish culture where the traditional meal of haggis, neeps and tatties is popular.
Haggis, for those of you who don’t know is a savoury pudding containing sheep's pluck (heart, liver, and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices and salt and stock. (Not for everyone!)
We caught up with Paul Korzeniewski Project Director for KTL - a proud Scotsman who told us how he and his family celebrate,
“We like to take the opportunity to visit some of the historic parts of Scotland and learn a bit more about its heritage. A day out in Edinburgh is great for this as there is so much to choose from, throughout all the era’s. In the evening we like to indulge with the Scottish tradition of Haggis however the kids are not that fond now they know what’s in it but gives them the feel of the Scottish delicacies with some folk music in the background to set the atmosphere”.
Paul was also kind enough to share some facts about St. Andrews Day that many would not know:
- St Andrew was not Scottish. The patron saint was born in Bethsaida, Galilee, now Israel.
- While he was revered in Scotland from around 1,000 AD, he didn’t become Scotland’s official patron saint until the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320.
- St. Andrew came to Scotland because of a vision. Legend has it that St Andrew’s first relics ended up in Scotland thanks to St Rule or St Regulus, a Greek monk who had a vision in which he was told to take them to the ends of the earth for safekeeping. His journey took him to the shores of Fife, St Andrews - today.
- He is not just the patron saint of Scotland. He is also the patron saint of Greece, Russia, Italy’s Amalfi and Barbados. As well as the patron saint of singers, spinsters, maidens, fishmongers, fishermen, women wanting to be mothers, gout and sore throats. - - St Andrew is also the patron saint of the Order of the Thistle, one of the highest ranks of chivalry in the world, second only to the Order of the Garter.
From all at KTL, we wish everyone celebrating St. Andrews Day a wonderful day.