can celebrate as well as the Scots and St. Andrews Day is no
have flags, banners, hats, Tom 'O' Shanter, Balloons and matching
tableware to compliment this memorable occassion. St.
Andrew was a fisherman, brother of Simon Peter and spent most
of his life leading people to Jesus...
An old German tradition says that single women who wish to marry should ask
for Saint Andrew's help on the Eve of his feast, then sleep naked that night;
they will see their future husbands in their dreams.
Another says that young women should note the location of barking dogs on Saint
Andrew's Eve: their future husbands will come from that direction.
On the day after Andrew's feast, young people float cups in a tub; if a boy's
and a girl's cup drift together and are intercepted by a cup inscribed "priest" it
There are several explanations for why Andrew became the patron
In 345, Emperor Constantine the Great decided to translate Andrew's bones from
Patras to Constantinople. Saint Regulus was instructed by an angel to take
many of these relics to the far northwest. He was eventally told to stop on
the Fife coast of Scotland, where he founded the settlement of Saint Andrew.
In the 7th century, Saint Wilfrid brought some of the saint's relics with him
after a pilgrimage to Rome. The Scots king, Angus MacFergus, installed them
at Saint Andrew's to enhance the prestige of the new diocese.
When the Pictish King Angus faced a large invading army, he prayed for guidance.
A white cloud in the form of a saltire cross floated across the blue sky above
him. Angus won a decisive victory, and decreed that Andrew would be the patron
saint of his country. Following Robert Bruce's victory at the Battle of Bannockburn
in 1314, the Declaration of Arbroath officially named Saint Andrew the patron
saint of Scotland. The Saltire became the national flag of Scotland in 1385.