Thousands of people across the USA and Canada unite every year to celebrate Scotland Week, also known as Tartan Week. Many people can trace their roots back to Scotland, and the week of activities helps them to connect with their heritage. And in sensational style.
If you could bottle it, the spirit would warm the hearts of people all over the world. Yet we're not talking whisky: instead, the thousands of US and Canadian people who come together every year to celebrate the spirit of Scotland over a week.
Scotland Week, also known as Tartan Week, unites everyone who love to celebrate everything they value about our land of the brave. And this includes a collective clan, from those remembering their Scottish heritage from hundreds of years ago, to people who simply want to delve deeper into Scotland's unique culture.
The event traces its own roots back to 1320 when Tartan Day became a North American celebration of Scottish heritage on April 6, the date of the Declaration of Arbroath. Since then, the week has builded momentum from Canada and America ever since the mid-1980s.
Fast-forward 35 years and the event proves that Scotland is now more than ever on the world stage, including North America. Our generosity of spirit, progressive mindset and innovative streak are the beating heart of a small nation with a huge global ambition.
From Scottish ceilidh dances to Tartan Day cocktails and the parade itself, the week-long series of events enables people to live and breathe the spirit of Scotland. And the event offers much more for eager participants to raise a glass, not to mention their heart rates.
There are events from the great migration, to how Andrew Carnegie built and shaped New York. The schedule is action-packed. All of this would be incomplete without the famous Tartan Day Parade on April 6 when pipes and drums parade proudly in New York.
It's worth repeating that Scotland Week is a brilliant chance for people to reconnect with their heritage. In equal measure, the event is also a fantastic opportunity for people to find out why Scotland is such a special place in the world to live, work, study and invest.
For the past two decades, the Scottish Government, VisitScotland, Scottish Development International and many other organisations have staged events, working together to create a uniquely-Scottish experience for everyone taking part.
With over 50 million people across the world claiming Scottish ancestry (the majority of them in the USA and Canada), Scotland Week strikes a chord through exciting music, theatre, and art. And all this emanates from our proud nation.
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