Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, and St. Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s official national day. In 2006, the Scottish Parliament designated St Andrew’s Day as an official bank holiday. It is celebrated on 30th November in Scotland.
St Andrew’s Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Scotland and all things Scottish. In Scotland people do the same, enjoying parties and eating traditional Scottish dishes like ‘haggis’ and shortbread. It is a great opportunity to tell the children the story of the Loch Ness Monster and Kelpies and to learn what a ‘kilt’ and ‘bagpipes’ are.
Rather than learning about Scotland on St. Andrew’s Day, you may prefer to celebrate on Burns Night. Burn’s Night is celebrated on the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns’ birthday: 25 January. Burns night suppers take place around the world and tend to be more widely observed in Scotland than the official national day: St. Andrew’s Day.
Products that can help you to explore St. Andrew’s Day or Burns Night
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Printable diversity craft projects and printable diversity colouring pages to help childminders to teach 20 diversity topics including disability, religion, race, families and multicultural holidays including a Scotland theme (St. Andrew’s Day and Burns Night).