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National Tartan Day in Canada

Tartans of all varieties are worn on Tartan Day, which recognizes and celebrates the contributions of Scots and their descendants in Canada on April 6.

Scottish Highland dancers perform at a National Tartan Day celebration on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario.
Scottish Highland dancers perform at a National Tartan Day celebration on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario.
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What Do People Do?

Tartan Day celebrations include parades with pipe bands, highland dancing and sports, and other community gatherings with Scottish-themed events. While a variety of tartans are displayed, the maple leaf tartan is Canada’s official tartan.

Public Life

Tartan Day is an observance and not a public holiday in Canada.

Background

On October 21, 2010, the Minister of Canadian Heritage officially declared April 6 as Tartan Day. It is celebrated on April 6 because it is the anniversary of the signing of Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, the Scottish declaration of independence. In Canada, the day originated in the late 1980s in Nova Scotia, where it was declared an official day by the provincial government. It then spread across the country, with many provinces joining in.

National Tartan Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
TueApr 62010National Tartan DayObservance 
WedApr 62011National Tartan DayObservance 
FriApr 62012National Tartan DayObservance 
SatApr 62013National Tartan DayObservance 
SunApr 62014National Tartan DayObservance 
MonApr 62015National Tartan DayObservance 
WedApr 62016National Tartan DayObservance 
ThuApr 62017National Tartan DayObservance 
FriApr 62018National Tartan DayObservance 
SatApr 62019National Tartan DayObservance 
MonApr 62020National Tartan DayObservance 

Quick Facts

Tartan Day is a special day for Canadians to celebrate their national, provincial, territorial or personal tartans.

National Tartan Day 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

National Tartan Day 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
National Tartan DayEnglish
Fête du TartanFrench
Der Tartan DayGerman

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in April 2018 in Canada

United Nation Holiday on April 6, 2018

Fun Holidays on April 6, 2018

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