posted on: 03/31/2010 - 12:18pm by Cosmos
Though I’m a mixed breed by birth, I’m a Scottish terrier at heart when it comes to Tartan Day, which will be celebrated in grand fashion this weekend, April 3–4, in Balboa Park at the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages.
More than just a flimsy pretext to chow down on meat pie and toffee pudding, National Tartan Day (April 6) officially recognizes the contributions of Scottish-Americans as decreed by the U.S. Congress in 2005. In fact, many of this country’s founders were of Scottish descent, and the Declaration of Independence was modeled on Scotland’s own declaration, issued on April 6, 1320.
While the biggest Tartan Day celebrations take place in New York and Washington DC, a coalition of San Diego's major Scottish organizations have been staging Tartan Day celebrations here for the past five years.
This year’s festival, held at the International Cottages on Saturday, April 3, from noon to 4:00pm, will feature San Diego’s best Scottish bands and dancers. The Scottish Clan and Tartan Information Center will also be on hand to help visitors find their own tartans (and, yes, you do have one). Admission is free and open to the public and, best of all, plenty of traditional Scottish edibles will be available for purchase.
If you’re still looking for that wee bit of Scot in you, on Sunday, April 4, the House of Scotland will continue to commemorate Tartan Day with an open house from noon to 4:00pm.