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Kirkin’ of the tartan: Scottish tradition observed in Pismo

Locals of Scottish ancestry celebrated their heritage with a church service and a lunch of traditional meat pies in Pismo Beach on Sunday.

Hosted by the Central Coast Scottish Society, the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan event at the Community Presbyterian Church featured bagpipes, flag presentations, consecrations of tartans by a clergyman for those of Scottish heritage, readings from the Old and New Testaments, and psalms and hymns that would be sung in a Scottish church.

The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan has been a tradition among many Scottish-American societies for almost 70 years, involving many Christian denominations, not just Presbyterians.

Generally, the Kirkin’ is held close to St. Andrew’s Day, Nov. 30. St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland.

— Tribune staff report

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