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Homecoming Scotland launches biggest St Andrew’s Day celebrations ever

Inspired by the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Homecoming Scotland 2009 is drawing to close and the finale weekend, which takes place from 26 – 30 November, promises a massive programme of events.

The year kicked off in style in January with the Burns celebrations and has seen more than 400 events organised to celebrate Scotland and the many contributions Scotland has given to the world including science, whisky, golf, innovation and culture.

Events wind up this year on St Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s national day, and promises to be the biggest and best celebrations yet. More than 40 events are taking place across Scotland, including free Scottish visitor attractions, discounted entries, ceilidhs, fireworks, parades, fun runs and concerts.

Among the events organised are:

Art Car Parade – Edinburgh Saturday 28 November
The official opening of Edinburgh’s Christmas with a Homecoming 2009 Art Car Parade, which takes place on Saturday 28 November. The car parade features an array of customised vehicles of all shapes and sizes including: an ice palace, a dragon car, a fish mobile, and a crazy ‘hall of mirrors’ vehicle amongst many others. ‘Cars’ will be on display in Parliament Square at 3pm and will depart at 5pm, moving by various methods of propulsion up the Royal Mile to St Andrews Square Gardens.

The Saltire – East Lothian
East Lothian, the birthplace of Scotland’s flag, has a programme of free events planned for Sunday 29 November, starting at 11:30am with a parachute jump with the flag over the battlefield at the village of Athelstaneford, horseriders will then carry the flag from Athelstaneford to Haddington, there’s also a a street party, a candlelit ceremony, and a torchlight procession amongst other celebrations planned.

Free preview of Burns Cottage
On Monday 30 November, there is a free preview of the newly refurbished Burns Cottage – the birthplace of Robert Burns.

Shindig 2009
Thursday 26 November – Sunday 29 November: Homecoming Live – The Final Fling! Offers a weekend of free music and dance in Glasgow’s George Square featuring the Big Burns Bash, Shindig concert and the Big Family Ceilidh. There’s also a mix of Scottish song and dance taking place in St Andrew’s in the Square – Glasgow’s Centre for Scottish Culture.

Zig Zag – the Paths of Robert Burns
There’s still a chance to see the Zig Zag touring exhibition at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow until Monday 30 November. The exhibition features around 36,000 objects from Scotland’s national collections about Robert Burns, including manuscripts of Auld Lang Syne and Tam O’Shanter and a rare first edition of Burns’ first published work.

If you’re in Scotland or planning to go to celebrate St Andrew’s Day enjoy the celebrations.