St. Andrew’s Day is a bank holiday in Scotland, celebrating the region’s patron saint. It also celebrates Scottish pride. Displaying the Scottish flag is very important on St. Andrew’s Day, and many government buildings replace the Union flag with the flag of Scotland for the day. There are also many public celebrations and parties thrown in most Scottish cities.
Guy Fawkes Day celebrates a foiled plot by a group of Catholics including Guy Fawkes, who attempted to blow up the entire parliament building in protest of King James I’s treatment of Catholics. Guy Fawkes was captured and forced to give away the plot and the names of those involved. Fireworks and bonfires celebrate this day and the tragedy that never occurred.
Shakespeare Day celebrates one of the greatest and most famous playwrights and poets of all time, William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is still very connected to British culture, so his plays are widely performed across the country. On this day special performances of his plays are held and a procession is led to his gravesite, where people often leave flowers and cards.
Burn’s Day is a Scottish holiday that celebrates popular Scottish poet Robert Burns, famous for penning many poems including Auld Lang Syne. On this night (or sometimes on a nearby night) people hold dinners known as Burns Suppers, which follow a standard format and include traditional Scottish dishes and recitations of Burns’ poetry.