November 30th marks Scotland’s national day, and this year promises to be the best yet in terms of events and festivities on St.Andrews Day.
Celebrations will be taking place across the country on St.Andrews Day weekend (29-30 November) and feature entertainment for all the family. Edinburgh’s Princes St. Gardens will host the ‘St Andrews Day DO’ which will see hundreds of children march to the gardens in full saltire colours. Activities include storytelling,games and ceilidh dancing. Live music will take centre stage on Saturday Night, with indie band ‘The Dykeenies’ and scots singer Sandi Thom performing in the Gardens.
In South Queensferry, a ten day festival leading up to St Andrews day is being held in the ‘Ferry Tap’ pub.
Other celebrations include a ceilidh in Aberdeen and a medieval day in Dundee. Meanwhile, The Red Hot Chili Pipers will entertain a street party in Inverness, whilst Glasgow’s George Square hosts live music and ceilidh dancing as part of the ‘Shindig on the Square’ festival. In St Andrews itself there will live music and a procession.
Culture Minister Linda Fabiani has encouraged all Scots to join in on this year’s celebrations. She said: “I encourage all Scots everywhere and anyone with a connection to Scotland to do more this year – celebrate our national day and enjoy the inimitable culture of Scotland old and new.”