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30/11/2010

30th November : St Andrews Day - The Saltire, Saint Andrew's Cross, Scottish Flag


St Andrews Day is on 30 November. On this day, Scots all around the world celebrate their national day. The Scottish flag is the cross of St. Andrew, also known as the Saltire. It is said to be one of the oldest national flags of any country, dating back at least to the 12th century.
Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, Greece and Russia and was Christ's first disciple.
St. Andrew was one of the Twelve Apostles (disciples of Jesus) and brother of Simon Peter (Saint Peter). He was a fisherman by trade, who lived in Galilee (in present-day Israel.)
St. Andrew is believed to have died on a diagonally transversed cross, which the Romans sometimes used for executions. The cross St. Andrew was crucified on has been adopted as the national flag of Scotland, later incorporated into the Union Flag. The blue stands for the sky.

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