Posted on March 10, 2011
Tartan Day in Victoria
Though he had been born in Glasgow in the early 1950s, my father immigrated with his family from Scotland several years later and brought their Scottish pride to the Comox Valley. Each year, my grandfather’s smiling face was captured in the Green Sheet newspaper as he sliced open the haggis during annual Robbie Burns’ celebrations. Tea and cookies at our grandparents’ place was a weekly tradition and my father’s bumper sticker said something to the effect of “If It’s Nae Scottish, It’s Crrrrrap!”
Photo: NapaneeGal on Flickr
My family’s tartan – the Douglas tartan – and countless others will be celebrated on Saturday, April 2nd at Market Square in Victoria. Tartan Day is a family-friendly event and runs all afternoon starting at 11:00 a.m. Featuring lively Scottish entertainment, cultural displays, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread and much, much more, it’s safe to say that this inaugural event is not to be missed.
Volunteers are still needed, so if you can help out, contact St. Andrew’s and Caledonian Society of Victoria. Tartan Day officially falls on April 6th this year, so grab at pint at the Bard & Banker Scottish Pub in downtown Victoria.