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Celebrating Scotland

Updated on April 8, 2015

Celebrating Scotland

It's important to celebrate one's cultural heritage. In the United States and Canada, people with Scottish heritage celebrate the legacy of our shared heritage every year with Tartan Week during March and April and on November 30th the world celebrates St. Andrew's Day, Scotland's National Day!

Tartan Day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence, signed on April 6, 1320. A week of events are planned around this festival every year, inviting guests from round the world to participate.

In the United States there are more than 20 million people who can claim descent from Scotland, most of whom take immense pride in their Scottish heritage. Throughout much of the country, the first week of April has come to be known as Tartan Week as the festivities of Tartan Day have increased and are now celebrated throughout the week. Festivals are dedicated to celebrating the full, rich culture of Scotland through interactive events such as the Tartan Day Scottish Faire.The festivities include a wide range of activities, cultural events and ceilidhs ('KAY-lees' - parties with singing and dancing) that celebrate the vibrancy of Scottish culture, past and present.

Woodrow Wilson said: "Every line of strength in American history is a line colored with Scottish blood." Tartan Week once again confirms Scotland's place in the hearts of Americans and Canadians too!

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under the terms of Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code.

How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It
How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It

Focusing on the 18th and 19th centuries, Herman writes of an exploration of Scotland's disproportionately large impact on the modern world's intellectual and industrial development.

 

How the Scots Invented the Modern World - The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It

The preface of this book provides the following: “The point of this book is that being Scottish turns out to be more than just a matter of nationality or place of origin or clan or even culture. It is also a state of mind, a way of viewing the world and our place in it. . . . This is the story of how the Scots created the basic idea of modernity.

Click on the link to read more.

Scottish Board of Highland Dancing

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It's Called Tartan

The word "tartan" refers to the pattern of traditional Scottish highland clothing and has become a word that refers to all of Scottish culture, said John Bellassai, president of the Washington St. Andrew Society.

"The terms 'tartan' and 'plaid' get kind of confused and interchanged, but tartan is the proper word," he said.

What Is Tartan?

Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland. Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns.

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NY Tartan Week Events

Marking the Declaration of Arbroath which was signed on 6 April 1320, Scottish communities across North America use the date to celebrate their Scottish history and heritage.

The city of New York hosts a special parade that sees tartan-clad drummers, marching bands, dancers and revellers take to the streets for this fun and entertaining parade.

Thousands of spectators line the streets and many bars and restaurants along the parade route around 6th Avenue host special events with Scottish-themed activities and menus.

Other events, such as sporting contests and ceilidhs, take place during the week

From The Declaration of Arbroath

..for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.

"I want to extend my congratulations to the millions of Americans of Scottish descent during the April 6 celebration of National Tartan Day, which marks the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath. On this day, we recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions made by Americans of Scottish descent who have played a prominent role in the founding of this country and throughout our history, and who have helped foster a strong relationship between the U.S. and Scotland."

— Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

The Resolution Reads:

"WHEREAS April 6 has a special significance for all Americans, and especially those Americans of Scottish descent, because the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence, was signed on April 6, 1320 and the American Declaration of Independence was modeled on that inspirational document; and"

Read more Click Here: Designating April 6 of each year as ``National Tartan Day'' to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions made by Scottish Americans to the United States.

"I am pleased to commemorate our nation's longstanding relationship with Scotland. I am particularly honored to do so now, during the first official 'Scotland Week' in the U.S. Marking April 6 as National Tartan Day helps raise awareness among all Americans of the great contributions made by their fellow countrymen of Scottish descent."

— Senator John McCain:

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The Origins of National Tartan Day

From its humble beginnings in 1998 in New York City when 2 pipe bands and a ragtag but spirited group of Scottish Americans, including Cliff Robertson, walked from the British Consulate to the United Nations, the parade has evolved to include many bands and 2000 participants.

United States Air Force Reserve's Pipe and Drum Band

A photo of Sean Connery with members of the United States Air Force Reserve's Pipe and Drum Band in Washington, DC. The occasion was Tartan Day, 2004.

Image Public Domain photo credit Scottish Heritage

under the terms of Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code.

Every line of strength in American history is a line colored with Scottish blood.

— Woodrow Wilson

Tartan Day Proclamation

"Americans of Scottish descent have made enduring contributions to our Nation with their hard work, faith, and values. On National Tartan Day, we celebrate the spirit and character of Scottish Americans and recognize their many contributions to our culture and our way of life."

Read More Click Heere: Tartan Day Proclamation

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St. Andrew's Day

Scotland's National Day

St. Andrew's Day Celebrations

November 30th

On November 30th the world celebrates St. Andrew's Day, Scotland's National Day. There will be parties galore in Scotland, events around the world, and you could even host your own party. Join the celebration!

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Scotland: The Autobiography - 2,000 Years of Scottish History By Those Who Saw It Happen

This is a book of Scotland's history, composed of timeless stories by contributors such as Tacitus, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Oliver Cromwell to Adam Smith, David Livingstone, and Billy Connolly.

The book description says "From the battlefield to the sports field, this is living, accessible history told by crofters, criminals, servants, housewives, poets, journalists, nurses, politicians, prisoners, comedians, sportsmen, and many more."

Tartan Highland Dress

The term highland dress describes the traditional dress of Scotland. It is often characterized by tartan (often called plaid in North America) patterns in some form.

Rainy Tartan Day Parade by dustin

Rainy Tartan Day Parade by dustin
Rainy Tartan Day Parade by dustin

Rainy Tartan Day Parade by dustin

Rainy Tartan Day Parade by dustin
Rainy Tartan Day Parade by dustin

Tartan Day Ceremony at the Alamo 2008- Picture Courtesy of James David Calhoun

Tartan Day Ceremony at the Alamo 2008- Picture Courtesy of James David Calhoun
Tartan Day Ceremony at the Alamo 2008- Picture Courtesy of James David Calhoun

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The Dark Isle - The Black Watch - Pipes & Drums

"A view of the Scottish countryside taken from across Scotland.

Accompanied by the music The Dark Island. Performed by

The Pipes and Drums Of The Black Watch."

Scottish Song ~ Scotland the Brave (lyrics)

Ye Banks and Braes O'Bonnie Doon

At the Robert Burns cottage in Alloway, this young Scottish lass sang a capella for the video, in the traditional Scots manner.

Ye Banks and Braes O'Bonnie Doon

by Robert Burns (1759-1796)

Click here for Lyrics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZdFhG9anY8

Ye Banks and Braes - Holly Tomas

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How Do You Celebrate Tartan Week? - I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

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      patinkc 3 years ago from Midwest

      @aesta1: Thanks for sharing that, aesta1. I'm sure you had fun!

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We used to watch the parade when we lived in Ottawa, Canada.

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      patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      @Bercton1: Thank you!

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      Bercton1 4 years ago

      Am now learning about Tartan very good information about Scotland.

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      patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      @Bill Armstrong: Thanks for highlighting on your page!

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      patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      @Bill Armstrong: Thank you! Really appreciate it!

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      patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      @OhMe: Any excuse to celebrate! Let me know if you plan a Tartan event!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I didn't know about Tartan Week until I read it here and this is so interesting. Our sister city is Stornoway, Scotland so now I am thinking that our little town ought to be celebrating Tartan Week. That would be fun.

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      Bill Armstrong 4 years ago from Valencia, California

      Awesome lens, have highlighted in my scotland-my-home lens, thanks for sharing

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      Bill Armstrong 4 years ago from Valencia, California

      Awesome lens, have highlighted in my scotland-my-home lens, thanks for sharing

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Love your Tartan lens (and the bagpipe music!) I have an entire section of my Celtic Muse Zazzle store dedicated to clan tartan gifts and gear so this is right up my alley :)

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      KellydeBorda 5 years ago

      Any lens with men in kilts is all right by me!

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      Joyce T. Mann 5 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      I guess I'll celebrate Tartan Week just by reading about it. I have no Scottish or Irish heritage whatsoever, but I love the history and the role the Scots-Irish played in the formation of the United States.

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      LairdofSketraw 6 years ago

      I always wear a Kilt; in fact I have registered my personal tartan which is a derivative of Clan Duncan tartan. If you want to be a Laird too, as well as loving tartan, check my Lens at http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-buy-a-title

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @TapIn2U: Thank you, Sundae!

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      I've only been to Scotland once and I was lucky enough to witness the Tartan parade. I did not fully understand what the celebration was all about but I could feel the excitement and the people's love for their heritage. Thanks for sharing this. I enjoyed the video, too! Fantastic lens! Hey, I just published my fourth lens called the 3 Shortcuts to Happiness and would love to know what you think of it. Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated. Blessings! Sundae ;-)

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @Cinnamonbite: Thank you, Cinnamonbite!

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      Cinnamonbite 6 years ago

      Now THIS is a great lens!

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      June Campbell 9 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Great lens. I'm giving it a lensroll on my Robbie Burns Day lens.

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      KCStargazer 10 years ago

      Great lens! It is TRUE that you can find a lone Piper giving his all on the bagpipes in full regalia in the midst of the lush highland hills or the misty moors. Nearly fell outta my seat in disbelief! Welcome to the Scrapbook Americana Group!