What is Tartan Day?
April 6, 2017 marks National Tartan Day in Canada. This special day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, the Scottish declaration of independence. In Canada, all varieties of tartans are worn to celebrate the contributions of the Scottish people in Canada.
Why does Tartan Day take place on April 9?
The 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, and on October 21, 2010, the Minister of Canadian Heritage officially declared April 6 as Tartan Day.
In Canada, Tartan Day is always celebrated on the Sunday following. This year, Tartan Day is being celebrated on April 9, 2017.
Local Tartan Day Events
Come and celebrate National Tartan Day in Fergus, Ontario. The Fergus Scottish Festival has once again partnered with the Fergus Library to bring you famed storyteller Seamus Gunn, who will educate and entertain people of all ages!
Seamus storytelling will take place at the Fergus library from 1:00-5:00pm on April 9, 2017.
Seamus’ stories will feature the children’s Scottish faerie tale ‘The Ghillie Dubh’ and the classic folk story ‘The Fox and the Goose’.
Seamus will also present an adult tale called, ‘Tragedy in the Glen o’ Coe: the True Story of the Massacre of Glencoe in the Winter of 1692’.
Bring your McKiddies downtown to participate in Scottish Tales with Seamus, then stick around for an enlightening tale of the Tragedy at Glen Coe! The Fergus BIA, local merchants, restaurants, and pubs will be honouring this special day with a variety of events and entertainment.
Check out the Downtown Fergus website to learn more.