A Tartan blend of celebration and entertainment
by Andrew Lintner
Luxembourg's Scottish Community gathered together to celebrate their national St Andrew's day at the British Ambassador's residence in traditional style on Friday.
The national day celebrations began with a rousing and warm welcome to the 105 guests attending from the Luxembourg Pipe Band.
After a cocktail reception including Scottish smoked salmon and haggis rolls and a welcome from Luxembourg Scottish Association president Michael Doyle, guests were then treated to a performance by the Luxembourg Scottish Country Dance Club.
The troupe offered guests the opportunity to join in, which proved challenging for those with two left feet. After working up an appetite on the dance floor, guests were treated to a variety of Scottish dishes as well as Chicken Tikka Masala.
St Andrew's day commemorates the birth of the patron Saint of Scotland, the origins of which say that Andrew was one of the 12 apostles of Christ.
Andrew lived and worked as a Fisherman in Galilee. It is believed he travelled to Greece to preach Christianity, where he was crucified at Patras on an X-shaped cross. This is the white cross we see on the Scottish flag today.
Andrew's connection to Scotland comes from the legend that some of his remains are kept at the site of the town that we know as St Andrew's.
Mr Doyle summed up the importance of the national day today: "St Andrew's day is an opportunity for Patriotic Scots, who love to promote Scotland, to introduce Scottish traditions such as eating Haggis and drinking Whisky, to non-Scots who attends St Andrew's day celebrations".
The night ended with more music from the Luxembourg Pipe Band, playing out some traditional pieces to great applause. The next Luxembourg Scottish Association event will be the Burns Supper on January 19, 2013. For more information, see