Scots in Kenya celebrate St Andrew’s Day 2017

Caledonian Society of Kenya St Andrew's Ball 2017
The Caledonian Society of Kenya's St Andrew's Ball 2017. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

The UK High Commission in Kenya were celebrating St Andrew’s Day and the impact of Scots all over the world by flying the Saltire, Scotland’s flag.

The Scottish flag flying at the U.K. High Commissionin Nairobi. Photo: Scottish flagTwitter/UKinKenya

Last Saturday, the Caledonian Society of Kenya held their St Andrew’s Night Ball which saw kilt and tartan sash wearers, along with other guests enjoying evening of Scottish dancing and Haggis at the Lions Function Suite in Loresho.

At the event, UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, reflected on Scotland’s long and flourishing relationship with Kenya.

Saint Andrew’s Day is the feast day of Saint Andrew. It is celebrated on 30 November. Saint Andrew’s Day and is Scotland’s official national day.

Caledonian Society of Kenya St Andrew's Ball 2017
High Commissioner Nic Hailey raises a glass for St Andrew’s Day. Photo: Facebook/CaledonianSocietyOfKenya

The celebration of Saint Andrew as a national festival is believed to originate from the reign of Malcolm III (1034–1093). It was thought that ritual slaughter of animals associated with Samhain was moved to this date, so as to assure enough animals were kept alive for winter. But it is only in more recent times that 30 November has been given national holiday status.