Tartan Day has been celebrated in Canada since 1986, when the idea of celebrating Scottish heritage and history became a project in Nova Scotia, spearheaded by Jean Watson – Scot of the Year in 2007. Ms. Watson and her team worked hard to promote April 6th as National Tartan Day in Canada, and after 10 years they had every province on board. The date marks the Declaration of Arbroath, signed in 1320 in Scotland.
In Ottawa, National Tartan Day celebrations are held later in April, when the weather is more hospitable. This year, you’re invited to join the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band, highland dancers and Scottish Dancers on Sunday, April 22nd on Parliament Hill, from noon to 1 PM for the annual National Tartan Day celebration. You don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy this free event, but if you are… wear your tartans!
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