National what day, you ask. Never heard of it. Hoots mon, there's probably a good reason for that. Unlike St. Patrick's Day, Tartan Day has only been recognized as a national observance in the United States since 2005. So what do we do on Tartan Day? Och, dinna fash yourself! We celebrate our Scottish heritage and we do it by wearing our tartan. Now, I'm not going to talk about the story of the tartans and whether or not a family tartan is really a family tartan; that's a different story. What this day is for is to celebrate Scottish heritage. There are approximately 6 million people in the United States who can claim Scottish descent. Maybe you are one of them, but even if you're not you can still celebrate the day!
The date of April 6 was chosen to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, in 1320, which is also another story. So, dust off that bagpipe, have a dram of whiskey and a bite of haggis, pin some heather to your bonnet and wrap yourself in a tartan. Celebrate your heritage. And my wish for you on April 6: Lang may yer lum reek.