some more information about tartan week…
Tartan Week is a North American celebration of Scottish heritage on April 6, the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320.
It originated in Canada in the mid-1980s. It spread to other communities of the Scottish diaspora in the 1990s.
In Australia the similar International Tartan Day is held on July 1, the anniversary of the repeal of the 1747 Act of Proscription that banned the wearing of tartan.
In 1998 the U.S. Senate declared April 6 to be National Tartan Day to recognize the contributions made by Scottish-Americans to the United States. In 1999, two pipe bands and a small but enthusiastic group of Scottish Americans marched from the British Consulate to the UN—the first Parade! Since then, it’s have grown to include hundreds of pipers, thousands of marchers and many more thousands cheering from the sidelines.
For more on NYC Tartan Week visit their website.
On October 21, 2010, the Minister of Canadian Heritage officially declared April 6 as Tartan Day. It is celebrated on April 6 because it is the anniversary of the signing of Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, the Scottish declaration of independence. In Canada, the day originated in the late 1980s in Nova Scotia, where it was declared an official day by the provincial government. It then spread across the country, with many provinces joining in.
To find out more about Tartan Week in Canada, click here.
Tartan Week is celebrated by Scots all over the world. The main locations consist of Australia, Canada, Argentina and the United States of America.
Tartan Week celebrations typically consist of parades of pipe bands, Highland dancing and other Scottish-themed events.
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