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Welcome Clans and Societies
Welcome to the 2022 Tucson Celtic Festival. This year we have some exciting changes to be announced. In the meantime, the deadline to register is October 1, 2022. If you would like to be included in the festival program, submit your registration by September 15. You may click on the link below to register online. After completing the form you will be redirected to PayPal to complete your purchase. If you have any questions or difficulties registering, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org. Slainte!
Thank you to all the Clans and Societies that joined us for the 36th Annual Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games November 4-6, 2022. We hope to see you all again next year!
Armored Combat Worldwide - Tucson Hellhounds
Clan Baird Society, USA
Clan Buchanan Society International
Clan Donald USA
Clan Ferguson Society of North America
Clan Hall Society
Clan MacCallum-Malcolm Society
Clan MacInnes International
Clan Maclachlan Society, WUSA
Clan MacLeod Society USA
Clan Stewart Society in America
Daughters of Scotia Spirit of Alba # 264
Desert Irish Wolfhound Association
Heraldry Society of Scotland/Upland & Ulster Shaw Clans
International Clan MacFarlane Society
Kingdom of Umbria
Red Dragon America
Scottish American Military Association, Post 81
Seven Pipers Scottish Society of Tucson, Inc.
The House of Burnett
US Coast Guard Auxillary
University of Arizona Celtic Linguistics Lab
Welsh League of Arizona - Tucson Chapter
If you should need Concierge Assistance with departure from the Festival on Sunday, November 6th, please sign up at the Hospitality Tent in the Clan Village starting Saturday. Concierge Assistance will begin at 4:00pm, but tents will need to remain in place until 5:00pm.
The Definition of a Clan
The Gaelic word for ‘children’ is more accurately translated as ‘family’ in E’en Do bait Spair Nocht. the sense in which the word Clan became accepted in the Scottish Highlands during the 13th century.
A Clan is a social group whose core comprises a number of families derived from, or accepted as being derived from, a common ancestor.
Almost without exception, that core is accompanied by a further number of dependent and associated families who have either sought the protection of the Clan at some point in history or have been tenants or vassals of its Chief. That Chief is owed allegiance by all members of the Clan, but ancient tradition nevertheless states that the Clan is above the Chief.
Although Gaelic has been supplanted by English in the Lowlands of Scotland for nearly a thousand years, it is an acceptable convention to refer to the great Lowland families, like the Douglas’, as Clans although the heads of certain families, such as Bruce, prefer not to use the term.
Allegiance was generally given to a father’s Clan, but Celtic tradition includes a strong element of descent through, and loyalty to, a mother’s line. In reality, the chief of a Clan would ingather any stranger, of whatever family, who possessed suitable skills, maintained his allegiance and, if required, adopted the Clan surname. We welcome all Clan and Societies to participate in our Festival. To register please submit your application today. Slainte!
Resource for Clan definition: http://www.clangregor.org