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Today is Tartan Day

... and once again Google did not recognise it :o(

     
8:22 am on Apr 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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[tartanday.gov.uk...]

Today is Tartan day in the USA and unlike St Patrick's day last month Google failed to recognise it on their logo. They also failed to recognise St Andrews day on 30 November.

Do they have a bias against we Scots? How come St Andrew's day and Tartan day are not deemed worthy of recognition? :(

9:37 am on Apr 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Tartan Day? Someone's having a laugh, surely? I'll bet even Sir Harry Lauder is turning in his grave! :-)

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Its also Caramel Popcorn Day.
Maybe Google couldn't make up its mind and ignored both. -Larry
10:39 am on Apr 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Laugh if you like but St. Andrew is our patron saint just as St. Patrick is Ireland's. Many Scots get a wee bit peeved at this being ignored while St. Paddy gets celebrated and recognised Worldwide.

Fair play to the Irish but Scotland has given the world so many things. I would list these here but there are too many to remember. Television, telephone, penicillin and anaesthesia are some of the more obvious.

Tartan Day: "Since 1998, the date has been officially recognised by the US Senate as a celebration of the contribution generations of Scots-Americans have made to the character and prosperity of the United States".

It most certainly is not a joke. Here is the US Senate Resolution.

"Whereas April 6 has a special significance for all Americans, and especially those Americans of Scottish descent, because the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence, was signed on April 6, 1320 and the American Declaration of Independence was modelled on that inspirational document;

Whereas this resolution honors the major role that Scottish Americans played in the founding of this Nation, such as the fact that almost half of the signers of the Declaration of independence were of Scottish descent, the Governors in 9 of the original 13 States were of Scottish ancestry, Scottish Americans successfully helped shape this country in its formative years and guide this Nation through its most troubled times; Whereas this resolution recognizes the monumental achievements and invaluable contributions made by Scottish Americans that have led to America's preeminence in the fields of science, technology, medicine, government, politics, economics, architecture, literature, media, and visual and performing arts;

Whereas this resolution commends the more than 200 organizations throughout the United States that honor Scottish heritage, tradition, and culture, representing the hundreds of thousands of Americans of Scottish descent, residing in every State, who already have made the observance of Tartan Day on April 6 a success; Whereas these numerous individuals, clans, societies, clubs, and fraternal organizations do not let the great contributions of the Scottish people go unnoticed:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate designates April 6 of each year as "National Tartan Day".

Here is the US site link [tartanweekny.com...]

10:42 am on Apr 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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BeeDeeDubbleU, I support your cause.

Hey Google, where's the Tartan Day Logo?

11:12 am on Apr 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The difference between St Patrick's day and Tartan Day is that the former is celebrated by people and the latter created by governments. This is not to deny the importance of Scottish influence in North America, simply that the event doesn't have the profile. If there was enough spontaneous popular acclaim for Tartan Day, perhaps Google might notice. As it is, Tartan Day has a long way to go.

I'm surprised that Google doesn't recognize St Andrews Day on Google UK at least.

Disclaimer, I'm a Sassenach ;)

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I've never heard of Tartan day. Seriously, this is the first time I've ever heard of it.
2:46 pm on Apr 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Tends to be a big apple thing.
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I celebrate Tartan day. I love their sauce on my fried fish and scallops.

Oh wait, thats tartar. My bad.
Great Scot!

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Well I celebrate St Andrew's Day! Always have, even though I'm from England (grandad was a Scot though.

Actually, 30 november is my birthday, :)

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Tartan Day will become better known once a few more people get kilt over it. 8^)
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Its also Caramel Popcorn Day

Carmel Popcorn Day is just an invention of the cabal of Poppycock, Screaming Yellow Zonkers, and CrackerJack in league with the Hallmark company.

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Half Scotish and never heard of tartan day.

Sounds like a bit of fun though... especially if we are talking kilts in high winds!

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Lets keep this civil without politics or agendas getting in the way of an interesting thread. be a shame to have to lock it.
7:25 pm on Apr 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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My college mascot/team names were "The Tartans" (weird, I know), and I never heard of this either. Is this an invention of the greeting card companies? ;)
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On a related note, I hear details have been leeked regarding plans for the enhanced promotion of St. David's Day (March 1), which is very important to all of us with Welsh ancestry (I have at least one great great grandmother from Wales).
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It's the big parade on 6th Avenue tomorrow. It shouod be quite a sight. I just wish I could be there to see it. Why don't some of you people who live in NY or nearby go there and report back?
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Not just the Scots against whom Google is biased ;)

They ignore St David's Day and St George's Day too :(

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They have celebrated both St.George's day and St.David's day before.

[google.co.uk...]

This ignorance of all things Caledonian is bordering on racism :(

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Fully Scottish and had never heard of it until a few days ago. It seams to be a US event to celibrate US Scots. Also seams to be a good marketing ploy by the "visit Scotland" people.

Defo not worthy of a Google holiday logo.

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Fully Scottish and had never heard of it until a few days ago.

Ditto.

Come on BeeDeeDubbleU, we should have got a logo for St. Andrew but "tartan day"?!

6:34 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I am only proposing this because Tartan day is a US thing.
4:06 pm on Apr 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Fully Scottish and had never heard of it until a few days ago.

This has been going on since 1998 but you would only hear about it if you read newspapers and watch the television news. ;)

Incidentally our first minister, Jack McConnell, considers it important enough to be in attendance. Where have you guys been?

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To me it seems a bit chicken and egg -- not high profile enough for a Google logo, but they could sure raise awareness a great deal with a nice tartan logo. Would have informed me, cause I've never heard of it till now.

Also, if NY gets a parade on 6th, does Glasgow get anything? Maybe a few people in George Square? A parade down Buchanan Street?

Tongue only half in cheek there...

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Also, if NY gets a parade on 6th, does Glasgow get anything?

It's a US celebration of all things Scottish so Glasgow is not relevant.

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It's a US celebration of all things Scottish so Glasgow is not relevant.

Ya, I guess I should have seen that one coming. Still, you'd think they would get a bit of tie-in over here for tourists. I just want another holiday before Easter.

At least Jack McConnell gets a nice holiday ;)

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Incidentally our first minister, Jack McConnell, considers it important enough to be in attendance.

Sure, him and his gang at the tune of 1.3 mill of tax payers money.

Tartan day is so important that the big parade was not even shown on Scottish TV news. Or was McConnell again dressed up like Rob Roy and it would therefore have been an embarrassment to show it?

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Well, they remembered to place the St George's day logo for England again today. They obviously don't consider Scotland to be as important as England, Wales or Ireland. Perhaps they, like a few of the less informed Americans I have met, think that Scotland is a county in England :(

I once got mail from the US addressed to

Beedeedubbleu
My address
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England, UK. :)

Tartan day is so important that the big parade was not even shown on Scottish TV news. Or was McConnell again dressed up like Rob Roy and it would therefore have been an embarrassment to show it?

I thnk you are missing the point. Tartan day is not a Scottish event. It is a US event held in New York that celebrates the USA's links to Scotland and its Scottish heritage.

The reason people dress up in highland dress is that it's tartan day. Get it? ;)

There is no need to get embarrassed, that's what it's all about. Incidentally it is only because you are a Scot that you get embarrased. People outside of Scotland don't see it this way.

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>> they remembered to place the St George's day logo for England again today

But you're comparing apples and pears - St. George's Day is a national day for England in the same way as St. Andrew's Day is for Scotland. Tartan Day is a political invention to boost Scottish visibility in the US. Do Google celebrate St. Andrew's Day? Note that the St. George's Day logo must be UK only as I certainly don't see it here in Canada. Why should Google add a logo for Tartan Day in the UK when it is an event aimed at the US market?

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I am all in favor of Scotch holidays.


Yeah, the other day I got invited to a party
But I stayed home instead
Just me and my pal Johnny Walker
And his brothers, Black and Red

And we drank alone, yeah...

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