April 6th National Tartan Day

Come from a Scottish or Irish background? Well today is the day to show your colors and be proud of it. I am sure there are other countries that wear the tartan too, but Scotland is the best known for it. In fact, today is a celebration of Scotland’s Declaration of Independence being signed. Fact is, the American Declaration was based on the one the Scots declared in 1320. Tartan colors designate the families that created them. Reds, greens, and blues, were all difficult colors to obtain in history, but the Scottish spent time and money getting the colors just right. To wear them is to show pride in your Scottish heritage.

How to celebrate – Research your family’s Tartan. Visit Scotland. When the lockdown is over, plan to attend one of the many parades all over the world to show off Tartan pride.

May 16th Wear Purple For Peace Day

Over the years purple has been associated with royalty. Now it’s associated with peace. It seems odd to me to use a color associated with a group that is generally associated with so much violence. Now like the color purple, I don’t wear it much but for the sake of peace I guess I would. If I can feel royal at the same time, all the better. I am not sure wearing any color will actually bring about peace. Unless it’s a blinding color that keeps the armies from seeing each other. White is now surrender, red promotes violence, yellow means you are a coward and purple is royalty. Why not, maybe we should wear a rainbow, but that has its means as well. Oh well, you can wear whatever color you want most of the time but today, wear purple.

How to celebrate – Wear something purple today. Pretend you are royalty. At least eat something purple.

June 23rd National Pink Day

Okay, so it’s National Pink Day. I hope you are feeling in the pink, meaning well. Pink is also breast cancer awareness. It’s the color of a baby girl. The mixture of white and red, blended to make an entirely third color, one that means something different to nearly everyone… and that’s okay!

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Pink seems to always stand out. Bright or pale, people just seem to notice it. There is an innocence to pink, though it is not pure, a calmness though it can be very hot and feels like love though it isn’t as enveloping as the color red.

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It is a fun color. It’s hard to depressed when you are in the middle of something pink. It goes with practically ever other color of the rainbow and is rarely over powering or overwhelming.

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Naturally there are those that get carried away with their love of pink. That’s going to happen with any color. Pink hair, pink dogs and pink airplanes may be a little over the top but they aren’t exactly offensive either.

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The perfect blend of innocents and passion, it can lead you in any direction but it will keep you calm and peaceful. After all, how many armies have you ever seen wearing pink!

How to celebrate – Wear something pink today. Discover the different shades of pink. Plant some pink flowers.

May 16th Wear Purple For Peace Day

Here’s a day that no one seems to know how it came about but what a good idea! Purple is the color or royalty and very few of them actually fight (Though they led us into a lot of wars) and other than the Portuguese army of old, I don’t believe too many armies wear purple. (It’s not very good camouflage.)

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I mean, it would be nice if just wearing purple would end all wars. I don’t think that’s going to happen, but we can support the idea by all wearing purple today. It’s much better than red which kind of excites people. (Watch out red hat ladies!) Do you know why military sashes are generally red? It was because that way the officers could cover up the fact that they were bleeding and their soldiers wouldn’t know.

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Purple is a good color. Normally pretty bright and easy on the eyes. People today think that purple hair is a good idea. I don’t, cause your not being yourself. If you have to have purple hair to show who you are, well… that could be a problem!

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You can turn purple if you hold your breath, hit your thumb with a hammer or stub your toe. Although I am not sure any of those actions count for wear purple, or are a very good idea to start with. I wonder if you are allowed to wear purple around the Queen of England?

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I make fun but the idea of world peace is certainly a wonderful thought. I don’t think we will ever see it though. But I will wear purple today to show my support for the process. Wouldn’t it be nice if by just wearing any color we could find peace and harmony.

How to celebrate – Wear something purple. Pretend you are  royal. (Not advised around Buckingham palace.) Listen to Prince’s “Purple Rain”.

September 22nd Autumnal Equinox Day

When you woke up this morning did you realize it was the first day of fall? Well it is! This is the season where everything seems to start happening, holidays, celebrations and a world filled with colors.

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It is also the only day of  the year where daylight and night share a 12 hours of the day on the equator.  So plan your day accordingly, if you live on the equator, elsewhere you probably won’t notice the change as much.

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But you should notice all the colors in nature. Plants begin to go through their yearly changes bringing out an array of colors seen no other time of the year. We only see it subtly here in the south, but in the north, the changes the trees go through are stunning. The funny thing about beauty also warns of the things to come, mainly the winter. (Though the winter has it’s own kind of beauty as well.)

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By legend, this is also Mabon’s birthday, the son of Mordon, the Roman Goddess of Earth. Most of us are not to familiar with Mabon or Mordon but we should celebrate their birthday as well, just because it’s nice to do that. They weren’t real but that doesn’t matter.

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The fact is, today is the first day of fall, the beginning of all the most celebrated holidays here in America and just a good day to be alive. Enjoy it.

How to celebrate – Take a moment to enjoy nature. Make plans for the coming holidays. Celebrate life.

April 6th National Tartan Day

Tartan Day is a celebration of the mixture of colors and lines that show the family heritage in Scotland. It was a sign of the clan that one came from and is still proudly shown today. It’s significance became so strong that at one point in the UK’s history the English created the Act of Proscription banning the use of tartans.

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The Scots did not take this Act all that well and went to a long war that finally ended in 1320 with the Scottish Declaration of Independence. (Though in many ways they are still fighting that war today.)

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Scotland has always had a place in the hearts of Americans. In fact, our Declaration of Independence was based on the Scottish Declaration. Many of our original colonist were of Scottish decent, our society owes a great deal to a country that is still trying to become an official country of it’s own. In 1982, Mayor Ed Koch declared Tartan Day in New York. In 1986 Canada’s government agreed with Koch and created Tartan Day for their entire country. In 1998, US made the same proclamation.

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The tartan has been a proud part of Scottish history, Canadian history and American history… anyplace freedom is cherished.  It equates to the flying of a flag with everyone in that country taking pride in their own clans flag.

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While the tartan is not limited to Scotland, it is best known in Scotland. Ireland comes to mind first since so much of their history is intertwined with Scotland’s but the tartan also is worn in Australia, Canada, France, Greece, New Zealand, Normandy and the United States.

How to celebrate – Research if your family has a tartan of it’s own. Proudly display your family tartan colors. Create your own tartan pattern and colors.