National Tartan Day

Are you of Scottish descent, or if not, do you have an appreciation for Scottish culture? If so, and if you like the parades with highland dancers, pipe bands, and sports that are Scottish-themed, then you are in for a treat. That is because you can enjoy all of that on National Tartan Day.

April 6th is the day that urges you to learn about Scottish history or honor your Scottish ancestry if that is relevant to you on National Tartan Day. Even if you are not into Scottish culture or relate to it, there is a good chance that you have clothing that has a criss-cross of horizontal and vertical bands regardless of the color. That is what tartans are, and everyone has clothing like that in their closets. Even though tartan is associated with Scotland, as you see kilts with that pattern, anyone can enjoy the clothing patterns.

You may see in various areas of the world that Scottish celebrations are happening on National Tartan Day, consisting of Scottish parades featuring highland dancers. They may offer Scottish cuisine items such as haggis (are you brave enough to try that out if you have not done so already?). If not, there is always fresh fish and lobster, which are part of Scottish cuisine. You can always try Cullen Skink, a Scottish soup that features potatoes, smoked haddock, and leeks. Those are the food items that you will likely be able to enjoy at National Tartan Day celebrations.

The History Of National Tartan Day

National Tartan Day originated in Canada, as there is a large group of Scottish ancestry residents in the country. The Minister of Canadian Heritage in 2010 officially declared National Tartan Day to be every April 6th. On April 6th, 1320, the Declaration of Arbroath was signed, which makes the anniversary of that. In the late 1980s, celebrations on that day began in Nova Scotia, where there is a large Scottish population. However, it was not declared as a national holiday until 2010. People worldwide can now enjoy the charms that Scotland can bring to everyone one way or another, which goes beyond wearing tartans.

How To Celebrate National Tartan Day

You can either wear tartan clothing whether you have Scottish ancestry or not and maybe enjoy a Scottish meal such as Cullen Skink if you would like. Perhaps read up on Scottish history, and whatever you end up doing, share it on social media by using #NationalTartanDay in your post.

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