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National Tartan Day

National Tartan Day, bagpipe, bagpipes

Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always April 6

National Tartan Day celebrates Scottish heritage and the distinct pattern "tartan", which is commonly seen in clothing and many other items. When we see this tartan pattern, we think of Scotland, bagpipes, kilts and other things "Scottish". On this day in day in 1320, the Scottish Declaration of Independence was signed.

Let's Celebrate! You can do so, by watching or participating in a parade. New York City and many other cities hold Tartan Day parades. You can also listen to Scottish bagpipes. Perhaps the most fun of all, is dressing in a Kilt. (Is it true what they don't wear under there!?)

Did You Know? The United States Declaration of Independence was modeled after the Scottish Declaration of Independence.


History and Origin of "National Tartan Day":

National Tartan Day, Scottish bagpipe

On April 6, 1320, the Scottish Declaration of Independence was signed.

In 1982, then mayor Ed Koch, declared a Tartan Day celebration and parade. This precursor to today's Tartan Day was held on July 1st. This one-time celebration commemorates the date of the repeal of the Act of Proscription in Scotland. This law had prohibited the wearing and use of Tartan patterns and Highland dress!

In 1986 Canada proclaimed April 6th as Tartan Day.

The U.S. Senate passed a resolution on March 20, 1998 proclaiming April 6th to be National tartan Day.


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