St. Andrew

St. Andrew

Saint Andrew, whose feast day is the 30th of November, is the patron saint of Scotland, Greece and Russia.  There are a number of traditions that surrounding his feast day as well in Poland.  He was was a fisherman and many of the traditions that souround the day seem to be about “catching” a husband.
Even though St. Andrew was one of the Apostles of Christ little is known about him while he lived and actually few facts seem to surround him after his death.  From some sources I found, he was the first Apostle of Christ even though his brother was Peter is much better known.  While Andrew was spreading the faith in Greece, he was put to death by crucifixion in Patras.  This is where the St. Andres cross comes from that is the basis of the Scotish flag.

Flag of Scotland, St. Andrews Cross

Flag of Scotland, St. Andrews Cross

When his remains where to be transferred to Constantanopl a priest, later called St. Rule, was said to have a dream saying he should to take the remains to the ends of the earth.  St. Rule broke into the tomb and took them east eventually the ship he was on wrecked on the east coast Scotland.  This was as far as he got, there by getting to “the end of the earth”.

The history of Scotland seems to be intertwined with St. Andrew with Edward the Bruce and William Wallace (the main character of Bravehart was modeled after) both invoked his name.  It was not untill very recently that on the Scotland has been allowed to fly the Scotish flag on their national holiday which is St. Andrew’s day.

I was not able to find multiple sources to back up what the different traditions that women could use to suggest their future husbands but some of them are: to throw a shoe over her shoulder and if the toe points to the door then they would be married in the next year, peel an apple and throw it on the floor and if it curled into a letter that give an idea who they would marry and the night before they should listen to bogs barking as this pointed to where their future husband would come from.

Wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Andrew%27s_Day

Additional:
http://www.scotland.org/standrewsday/
http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/home/scotland/standrew.html
http://www.scotland.org/about/history-tradition-and-roots/features/culture/history-of-saint-andrew.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/saints/andrew.shtml

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