National Tartan Day in the US is observed on 6 April each year. The Scottish Declaration of Independence was signed on the noted date in 1320. The American declaration was modeled on this profound document. Almost half of the signers were of Scottish descent.
The US Senate declared a resolution and National Tartan Day was passed on March 20, 1998. The observation commemorates these aspects and recognizes achievements of people of Scottish descent.
The current format is noted as having originated in Canada in the mid-1980s. It spread to other communities of the Scottish diaspora in the 1990s.
In Australasia the similar International Tartan Day is held on July 1, the anniversary of the repeal of the 1747 Act of Proscription that banned the wearing of tartan.
Tartan Day observations have come to include the wearing of apparel made of clan tartans primarily including kilts, parades, pipe band performances, Highland dancing and competitions as well other Scottish-themed events.
This tartan was created for all who follow druidic ways to wear. It was designed by Isaac Bonewits, the founder of Ár nDraíocht Féin, the well-established neo-druidic fellowship.
On 24 February, “Brave” won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Kilted director Mark Andrews took to the stage wearing the Dunbroch tartan created for association with the film and thanked the Pixar team and Brenda Chapman (his co-director) whose daughter served as the inspiration for Merida, the story’s heroine…
Cirque de Soleil’s Zumanity rang in 2013 by adding a new kilted character outfitted by designer/eroticist Thierry Mugler in a presentation called “Scottish Fantasy”…
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World Peace Tartan ~
Tartan is one of the most recognisable cultural icons anywhere in the world. It is also a metaphor for interconnectedness, interdependence, equality and diversity.
The World Peace Tartan was created to convey a message of peace while also through the licensing of the brand, design or products will generate revenues to fund the activities of a charitable foundation. The World Peace Tartan Foundation will invest in education initiatives that build a culture of peace and nonviolence and address child poverty. The tartan can be used to illustrate humanity’s desire for a harmonious and sustainable future.
The striking light blue in the design is representative of the presence, hope and potential of the United Nations. Scotland is represented at the heart of this enterprise through the purple and green of the Scottish thistle. The red and black in the design represent and remind us of the realities of war and violence and the great need for a new living culture of nonviolence with the white running through the pattern as a counterbalance symbolic of peace and light.
It was listed with the Register of Tartans authority in 2011 for permanent historical preservation in the national record…