Bless that Plaid

The Scottish Society of Santa Barbara will hold its annual Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan-the blessing of the ancestral plaids-this Saturday, April 29, at 3 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church. The event, which dates back 350 years, will feature bagpipers and singing, as well as a couple unique Scottish traditions. To honor their heritage, Scots-many wearing their clan kilt and dressed in full regalia-will present their family tartans for blessing. The tradition originated in the 18th century when, after the British Parliament banned the kilt and every other tartan in an effort to destroy Highland Clan identity, Scots secretly carried remnants of their tartans to church to be blessed by their ministers. Members of the public are invited to participate and to bring their dogs and cats-called “wee beasties” by Scots-for blessing, too. The event is free and includes a reception and refreshments following the celebration. Call 684-1300 for info.

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