Month: April 2012

The Scots and ANZAC

25 April is ANZAC Day, a national day of remembrance in both Australia and New Zealand. The ANZAC tradition goes back to the First World War, specifically Gallipoli, and originally commemorated the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. More recently it has become the central commemorative occasion in Australia and New Zealand that Read More

The Scots and St George

Today is St George’s Day and many English around the world will come together to celebrate England’s saint day. Despite its focus on celebrating English culture and traditions, express Englishness, however, St George’s Day often brought together migrants from both England and Scotland – and so did St Andrew’s Day. Some of the more recent Read More

Scottish Parades in New York

Last Saturday saw New York’s annual Tartan Day parade make its way along 6th Avenue. The unrivalled culmination of a week of Scottish celebrations in the Big Apple, Tartan Day has now been celebrated for over two decades and attracts many a visitor to the streets of central Manhattan. With similar events held throughout North Read More

Happy Easter – Scottish Style

At the end of April 1905,¬† self-proclaimed Traveller wrote a letter to the editor of the Manawatu Standard, commenting on the Caledonian Games that had been held in Palmerston North, New Zealand, on Easter Monday. ‘Having a spare day here on my tour through the Colony’, Traveller wrote, ‘I sauntered down to your athletic meeting Read More