The Storr, a rock outcrop on the Isle of Skye, Scotland
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The Old Man on his watch. Saint Andrew's Day
Scotland's often supernatural-seeming landscapes are suitable backgrounds for folklore and culture. The Storr—a 49-metre-tall rocky pinnacle on the Isle of Skye—is no exception, as it resembles a craggy old man when viewed at the right angle. It is a fitting setting to dive into the history of the country's patron saint, Saint Andrew. Known for their hospitality and friendliness, the Scots named Andrew as their patron saint when Scotland's independence was declared in 1320. The celebration of St. Andrew's Day holds significant importance in Canada, particularly among those with Scottish roots. From Halifax to Vancouver, people from diverse backgrounds participate in the festivities. You'll witness parades featuring participants clad in tartan, lively Scottish dances, and the sounds of bagpipes echoing through the streets. Many nations celebrate the historic figure, applying their own traditions. Are you celebrating today?