November 30, 2020, 6:00 PM
THIS YEAR, KIRKIN' WILL LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT...
Mark your calendars and be sure to join us for a VIRTUAL KIRKIN' OF THE TARTAN on Monday, November 30 (The Feast of St. Andrew) at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. All the annual favorites will take place (The History of the Kirkin’, the Roll Call of the Clans, and the Reading of “The Tartan”) along with some new festivities. Don your clan's Tartan and join us for a twist on this annual tradition!
Here is little bit of history of the custom.
After the Battle of Culloden on April 16, 1746, the English Parliament banned wearing tartan, speaking Gaelic, Scottish music, dancing, or playing the pipes. Any person caught doing anything of these could be shot on sight, arrested, or exiled to the colonies. This ban lasted for 36 years.
Legend says the Highlanders devised a plan to hide a piece of tartan in their clothing during church. At a set time during the service, they would hold the tartan and bless it. When the Scots were forced to fight for the British Army, it is said that the women would take a piece of their tartan to the Kirk (church) to be blessed and to pray for protection of their clan. Thus came the Scottish celebration known as the Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan.
Re-printed with permission “What is the Kirkin’ of the Tartan?” Scottish Heritage Society of Sarasota, Inc.
October 2013 http://www.sarasotahighlandgames.com/html/kirkin_of_tartan.html.
Join us on Zoom!
6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30
Meeting ID: 859 1902 0774