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Scottish Ancestry Celebrations: Tartan Day

Today is the official day to get out your kilts, showcase your scottish roots or bring out the whiskey on the occasion of Tartan day.

Click to view photo in full sizeTartan day is the celebration of Scottish ancestry which takes place in a number of countries including the United States and Canada and more obscurely, Argentina. It is also celebrated in Australia and New Zealand, but on July 1, as it commemorates the repealing of the Proscription act that tried to force the Scots to assimilate by banning them from wearing tartan.

In the U.S. this day honours the Americans of Scottish descent that have played an influential role in the development of the United States. Today, over eleven million Americans claim Scottish and Scotch-Irish roots, making them the eighth largest ethnic group in the United States..if that's no reason to celebrate!

It was only in 1998 that National Tartan Day was officially recognized on a permanent basis when the U.S. Senate passed a resolution recognizing April 6th as National Tartan Day.

They picked that day to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, which asserted Scotland's sovereignty over English territorial claims, and which was an influence on the American Declaration of Independence. Canada has been celebrating National Tartan Day since 1993.

On Tartan Day parades of pipe bands, highland dancing and other scottish-themed events usually take place, including events around genealogy or Scottish immigration.

This year, New York City will celebrate Tartan Day this coming Saturday April 10, with two thousand pipers and drummers taking part in the 12th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade. Scottish music and single malt whisky should be aplenty and other festivities are planned around the Parade such as a kilt charity fashion show.

Outside New York City, one of the largest Tartan Day celebrations in the United States takes place each year on the weekend closest to April 6 on the banks of the Missouri river in St. Charles, Missouri.

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  1. Thank you for your article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.
  2. The overwhelming mrijaoty of white Southerners are of North British descent. That is, their ancestors came from Northern England, Wales, and Scotland with a multitude of Scots coming by way of Northern Ireland the Scots-Irish.Brandeis history professor, David Hackett Ficsher, gives a detailed account of the diaspora from North Britain to the Southern highlands and the South in general in his fascinating book, Albion's Seed. The original planters of the Tidewater and Carolinas were indeed English Royalists driven to America by Cromwell and the Puritans following the English Civil War and the beheading Charles II. The Anglo-Celts came to America, en masse from North Britain, following the Act of Union between Scotland and England in 1707 and came in successive waves up until the Revolution. This is why many [not all!] planters and professionals [lawyers, doctors, bankers] in the South were and are Episcopalian while more [not all!] small farmers and labourers were and are Calvinists such as Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterian.

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