1 July is International Tartan Day - the worldwide celebration of Scottish heritage.
New Zealand is rich with Scottish ancestry, with most Kiwis being able to trace their family ties back to Scotland, so this is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with your Scottish roots by wearing a little bit of tartan and finding out more about Scottish culture.
International Tartan Day is celebrated on the anniversary of the repeal of the 1747 Act of Proscription, which banned the wearing of tartan (among other things). The day is celebrated around the world in a number of different ways, including events and festivities such as parades, tattoos, and concerts.
In New Zealand there are a number of events that are held to celebrate International Tartan Day. In Frankton there is the Tartan Day Street Parade on 1 July, and in Auckland there is the Tartan Day Tattoo at the North Shore Events Centre on 9 July. Information for these two events can be found in flyers below this article.
If you are in need of "something tartan", feel free to get in touch. Scots in Spirit offers a wide range of tartan products for men, women, and children. Take a look at our online store to find out more.