“…for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.”
The Declaration of Arbroath, 1320
Should Scotland be an independent country? On September 18, 2014, the Scottish people will have an opportunity to answer that seemingly simple, but actually profound, question. Scotland will hold a major referendum that day to decide whether it should leave the United Kingdom and go it alone as sovereign nation. Whether or not the Yes campaign succeeds–and I admit I’m strongly pro-independence– it won’t be the first time that Scotland has formally declared its desire to exist as a free, self-governing country.
March 17th is St Patrick’s Day, one of the most well-known Celtic holidays of the year, especially here in the United States. Irish-Americans are fiercely proud of their familial connections to the Emerald Isle and enjoy putting their Celtic heritage on display in all kinds of ways. One of the most popular ways to share that Irish heritage is with food, especially sweet treats designed to make a visual and culinary impression.
No doubt about it, this delicious and wonderfully simple Celtic knot work cookie recipe from SprinkleBakes.com. will make a beautiful Irish statement on the big day. http://bit.ly/1hDgwz6
For the past few years, the HUGE internet search company has honored Wales and its national holiday on March 1st by decorating their unique doodle of the day, an artistic logo for their homepage search box, with famous Welsh emblems.
The 2014 version features Y Ddraig Goch, the fierce Red Dragon of Wales, politely having tea with a woman wearing the betgwn (bedgown) and iconic Welsh stovepipe hat of rural 19th century Wales.