St. Andrew’s Day is the “feast day” of St. Andrew. Patron saint of: Cyprus, Scotland, Greece, Romania, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, and Bulgaria, St. Andrew’s Day is also Scotland and Barbados’s national day. The day originates from an early Christian custom of commemorating each martyr on the anniversary of their death/birth into heaven.
In Scotland, the day is marked with a celebration of Scottish culture. Traditional food, music and dance are held around the country to honor the day.
Early on St. Andrew’s day, mothers go into the garden to gather branches off apple, cherry, pear trees and rosebush to represent each family member. The owner of the branch that blooms by New Years Day will be lucky and healthy that year.
While each country celebrates St. Andrew in a different way, we wondered if any flags represented the St. Andrews Cross. Below we found a few flags that did just that…
Flags with the St. Andrews Cross
Scotland has strong ties to St. Andrew, as he was a patron saint of Scotland. The earliest use of the St. Andrews Cross can be traced back to 1286 on the Guardians of Scotland seal. In 1542 the Saint Andrews Cross, set on a blue background, was depicted as the flag of Scotland.
Act 383 of the Alabama state legislature states:
“The flag of the State of Alabama shall be a crimson cross of St. Andrew on a field of white. The bars forming the cross shall be not less than six inches broad, and must extend diagonally across the flag from side to side.” – (Code 1896, §3751; Code 1907, §2058; Code 1923, §2995; Code 1940, T. 55, §5.)
The St. Andrews Cross was added to the Florida flag in the late 1890’s after Governor Francis P. Fleming observed the flag could look like a white flag of truce if hanging still on a flag pole.