Only a fifth (20%) of Scots say they will celebrate St. Andrew’s Day this year, a YouGov Scottish Omnibus poll reveals.
The survey showed that almost two-thirds (64%) say they won’t mark the occasion, with 16% not knowing whether they would commemorate the Scottish patron Saint’s day.
YouGov’s research among Scots showed that students are the group who are most likely to celebrate, 37% of whom are planning to mark the occasion.
St Andrew’s Day is on 30th November and is a national holiday in Scotland, with many schools and businesses closing on the day. Also, a number of historic Scottish attractions are celebrating the occasion by allowing free admission on the day.
The poll revealed that just over a third (35%) said St. Andrew is their favourite Scottish saint with St. Mungo the second most popular (9%). 17% of Glaswegians chose Mungo as their favourite saint and this may be because he adorns Glasgow’s coat of arms.
Additionally, nearly one in ten (8%) answered that St. Columba (who is credited with spreading Christianity in Scotland) is their favourite.
However the poll revealed that four in ten (40%) of Scots do not know who their favourite Scottish saint is.