First Minister Alex Salmond recently gave a St Andrew’s Day message from Lochgelly South Primary School, viewable below. St Andrew is the patron Saint of Scotland, and the 30th November is an official bank holiday, to celebrate the day.

‘St Andrew’s Day is a very special day in Scotland – a day when we celebrate Scotland’s history, our people, our culture, but above all a celebration of our people.

‘Scotland is proud of its history of invention and discovery. We actually invented quite a bit of the modern world, from the telephone, to television to penicillin to beta blockers. However, perhaps – actually certainly – our greatest invention of all, the one that made all of the others possible, was the invention of universal free education.

‘It’s fantastic to see schools like this encouraging the next generation of Scots to be inventive and creative. These are all deep seated characteristics of our nation and they will be as essential to our future success as they have been to our historic achievements.

‘St Andrew’s Day is a great time to reflect on these characteristics. It marks the beginning of Scotland’s winter festivals where we welcome visitors from around the world to enjoy Scotland’s rich culture, heritage and our hospitality.

‘You can ring in the new year at the home of Hogmanay and you can celebrate Burns night in the land of his birth. Throughout the whole of 2013, we will be celebrating our Year of Natural Scotland when we highlight Scotland’s landscapes, our scenery, our wildlife to people in Scotland and of course to visitors from round the world.

‘So enjoy this special day for Scotland and I hope that many of you will join us over the next two years. On behalf of the people of Scotland, as Scotland’s First Minister I send you our best wishes for a wonderful St Andrew’s Day.’

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