Tartan Day is an international celebration of Scottish heritage held on April 6th each year. This is the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath, a Scottish Declaration of Independence, was signed in 1320. First celebrated in Nova Scotia in 1986, Tartan Day has spread around the world as a day to celebrate Scottish Culture and for Scots to show pride in their heritage by wearing tartan.
Tartan Day 2012 in Moncton: As April 6, 2012 coincides with Good Friday the day will be celebrated on Thursday April 5, 2012. The activities will begin at noon in front of the Moncton City Hall with the raising of the Saltire (St. Andrews Cross) and a few welcome greetings. Following the ceremony participants will be piped over to the Pump House Brewery Pub for lunch. In addition to the regular menu Lilia and Shaun Fraser will be offering a Scottish beef stew. For those who cannot join us at noon, the Pump House Restaurant will be keeping the Scottish theme until closing. Hope to see everyone on the 5 th and remember tartan should rule the day!
The different tartans of our country
Why and how do Canadians celebrate Tartan Day?
On October 21, 2010, the Minister of Canadian Heritage officially declared April 6 as Tartan Day.
Tartan Day 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, Tartan 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.
Each province and territory with the exception of Newfoundland and Labrador have proclaimed April 6 as Tartan Day. Most provinces and territories in Canada have adopted an official tartan, with the exception of Nunavut, and Quebec, which has an unofficial tartan.
Tartan Day celebrations typically include parades of pipe bands, highland dancing and sports, and other community gatherings with Scottish-themed events.
Does Tartan Day mean Canada celebrates our national tartan, The Maple Leaf Tartan?
Tartan Day, April 6th, recognizes and celebrates of the contributions of Scots and their descendants to the fabric of our society.
Tartan Day is also a special day for Canadians to celebrate their national, provincial, territorial or personal tartans.