a woolen or worsted cloth woven with stripes of different colors and widths crossing at right angles, worn chiefly by the Scottish Highlanders, each clan having its own distinctive plaid
“The United States Congress gave all Americans an official Tartan Day on April 6th. April 6th was chosen because it is the anniversary of the declaration of Scottish Independence at Abroath Abbey in 1320. A line from that document is often quoted and has great appeal to the American psyche: “For we fight not for glory, no riches, no honours, but for freedom alone, which no good man gives up except with his life.”
It was hoped that the adoption of a National Tartan Day would promote observances that would commemorate all the best in Scottish history and culture and highlight the great contributions that Scots and Scots-Americans have made to the history and development of the United States.” – The Association of Scottish Games and Festivals
Check for Tartan Day Events where you live. LA, Mpls., and more! Photo taken at the Ventura County Seaside Highland Games, 2011.