Australia is celebrating Tartan Day today, recognising the importance of tartan within the Scottish community. Other countries around the world, most notably Scotland, Canada and the U.S., celebrate Tartan Day on the 6th of April to mark the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, which called for Scotland’s Independence from England. However, Australia’s Tartan Day marks the Act of Proscription being repealed on the 1st of July 1782. This Act banned Scottish people from wearing what was then deemed ‘Highland clothes’, which included tartan. If they were caught wearing these clothes, they risked imprisonment. Today though, the many events held for Tartan Days across the globe are used as an opportunity to celebrate Scottish culture.