4th April 11, 07:46 PM
What is this National Tartan Day?
I find myself wondering what this day is really about. I understand that it's a day to celebrate Scottish heritage, is there anything else to it? Also why is the chosen day April 6th? What are you supposed to wear on this day?
I also would like to add that I am currently kilt-less, therefore what should I wear? I have a towel that transforms into a kilt but I feel like that's more of an insult to my heritage. I have plenty of flannel button up shirts, will this do?
I'm just confused.
Thank you very much.
4th April 11, 07:48 PM
They don't seem to be big on updating their website, but....
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5th April 11, 06:06 AM
It's another excuse to wear the kilt.
As if we needed an excuse!
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5th April 11, 06:17 AM
In his OP he said he didn't have a kilt yet.
Originally Posted by thescot
I am kilt-less as well (still waiting for swatches so I can make a decision).
Originally Posted by TaxCollector
I would say no on the towel. A tie in your clan color if you have one might be nice. I suppose there are district ties if you havenít found a clan but I havenít looked for those.
5th April 11, 06:34 AM
A cynic might say it's a bit like Mothers, Day, Valentine or even Xmas - Advanced marketing.....
5th April 11, 06:43 AM
It wasn't a move by a greeting card company to create a holiday, though...Tartan Day began in Canada as a way for those of Scottish heritage to celebrate the contributions of Scottish immigrants to that country; later, it spread to the United States for a similar purpose. Sure, the holiday is a relatively new one -- but just like the Irish have St. Patrick's Day, the Italians Columbus or St. Joseph's Day, etc. -- it was a way for the descendants of the Scots who came to this country (and Canada, Australia, etc.) to celebrate the accomplishments of the Diaspora in "The New World".
Originally Posted by robbiethepiper
Last edited by cajunscot; 5th April 11 at 06:52 AM.
5th April 11, 06:44 AM
At present, I would submit it's a day highlighting Scottish contributions to countries outside Scotland and a rallying point for Scots expats and descendants- along the lines of St Patricks Day but with less sentiment and stereotyping. I certainly don't see it as a commercial event. As the website should explain, April 6 was chosen because it was a day an early democratic document was issued, one that was a model for the US Declaration of Independence. I will not attempt the spelling of said Scottish document.
Edit: [I see Cajunscot beat me to it on several points while I was still typing. As usual!]
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5th April 11, 06:48 AM
You summed it up quite nicely, though, Canuck.
Originally Posted by Canuck of NI
5th April 11, 06:58 AM
I have always tempered my killing with respect for the game pursued. I see the animal not only as a target but as a living creature with more freedom than I will ever have. I take that life if I can, with regret as well as joy, and with the sure knowledge that nature's ways of fang and claw or exposure and starvation are a far crueler fate than I bestow. - Fred Bear
5th April 11, 07:00 AM
As a Scot living in London, England, I've always raised a glass or several on St. Andrews day. To be honest I'd never heard of "Tartan Day" till I joined this forum. Ah well, any excuse to open the malt....
Originally Posted by Canuck of NI
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