Celebrate Tartan Day: Today is Tartan Day in North America. The event’s biggest backers (translation: Glenfiddich) would like April 6 to be for the Scottish diaspora what St. Patrick’s Day is for Irish Americans. Sounds like a great idea to me. If you’re in New York, there’s a parade. And there are other celebrations around the country, as well. But if, like me, you’re not able to make it to one of those, here are the top five things you can do to celebrate Tartan Day right here on the Internet:
5. Check out some Scottish bloggers.
4. Listen to some Scottish podcasts (and note that Scottish podcast clan logo — I believe it dates back to the Middle Ages, when the Scots invented podcasting).
3. Speaking of podcasts, I haven’t listened, but I couldn’t help but recommend the best-named podcast for Tartan Day: “Wetootwaag’s Podcast of Bagpipe Power.”
2. Bagpipes aren’t your thing? Annie Lennox works. Average White Band doesn’t.
1. Kiss someone who uses a Macintosh. (Note: the tartan above belongs to the Macintosh clan.)
But seriously. If you’d like to hear some beautiful Scottish fiddle music, anything by the American Scottish fiddler, Bonnie Rideout, is a great place to start. (Or “for the real thing” — says an emailer — Alisdair Fraser.) Also, if you’d like to get in touch with your Scottish roots, I recommend the book, How the Scots Invented the Modern World, by Arthur Herman. And, finally, why April 6? It’s the anniversary of the the Declaration of Abroath in 1320, a Scottish declaration of independence.