National Tartan Day

I’ve barely recovered from National Tweed Day and it’s already National Tartan Day. Phew! April is exciting.

Tartan Day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, which gave Scotland independence from England and made it a sovereign state. Their declaration influenced the American Declaration of Independence. Hooray for independence!

tartan

Jacket: Macy’s
T-shirt: Victoria’s Secret
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
Necklace: Denise
Shoes: Seychelles

My dad is from Scotland so I grew up learning a lot about the country and its people, culture and history. I know how influential Scots have been in the development of both Canada and the United States. The Scots, both at home and abroad, have contributed immensely to the arts, science, engineering, politics, and more.

And since I’m writing about (and wearing) tartan today, I can safely say they’ve contributed to fashion as well. Who doesn’t like tartan? I bet you have some in your closet. If so, wear some today and celebrate with me.

To celebrate the tartan and National Poetry Month, here’s a poem by Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns:

The Winter It Is Past

The winter it is past, and the summer comes at last
And the small birds, they sing on ev’ry tree;
Now ev’ry thing is glad, while I am very sad,
Since my true love is parted from me.

The rose upon the breer, by the waters running clear,
May have charms for the linnet or the bee;
Their little loves are blest, and their little hearts at rest,
But my true love is parted from me.

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