International Bagpipe Day is an annual celebration observed on March 10th. Haven’t you noticed a guy in a kilt blowing into a pipe connected with other bags of pipe sticking out of it? Yes, Bagpipe is that one unique instrument that holds its place in military and bands especially in Scottish, Irish, and Europe. The music coming out from the bagpipes is plaintive and haunting, and many love it, and few don’t. Irrespective of this difference, anyone can join with those who love the bagpipe music and in its celebration on the International Bagpipe Day. Undoubtedly, the Bagpipe Day has now become a well established and increasingly popular event throughout the world.
“Scottish bagpipe has two tenors and one bass – three drone pipes – and then the one chanter. If you put bagpipes together, it creates such a fine sound.” – Yoshi Wada
History of International Bagpipe Day
The International Bagpipe Day has been in celebration since the year 2012. The Bagpipe Society has been sponsoring this celebration since then. Andy Letcher who was a Bagpipe Society’s publicity officer has come up with this idea and the Day has been created following it. The Bagpipe Day invites you to go out and play your pipes anywhere to anyone. The celebration Day brings in awareness about the bagpipes of the over 130 different types throughout the world. Since 1986, the Bagpipe Society has been actively helping to bring the new bagpipe players as it is very much essential to keep the history and playing of the bagpipes. International Bagpipe Day’s first celebration had reports of events held in some unique places among which the pipers in South Africa gathered and played in an underground canyon. Whereas in Greece, they played o the Athenian hill.
Bagpipes are an ancient wind instrument that uses the enclosed reeds fed from a constant reservoir of the air in the form of a bag. The term bagpipe is equally right in the singular or plural form, and the pipers refer to the bagpipes as “the pipes“, “a set of pipes” and “a stand of pipes” usually. A set of bagpipes will minimally consist of an air supply, a bag, a chanter, and at least one drone. At times many bagpipes will have more than one drone in various combinations, held in place in stocks and sockets will fasten the various pipes to the bag. Scottish Great Highland bagpipes are the best-known instrument in the Anglophone world although the bagpipes are being played throughout Europe, Northern Africa, Western Asia regions including Turkey, the Caucasus, and around the Persian Gulf.
Other Celebrations on March 10
March 10 is also celebrated as
- National Pack Your Lunch Day
- International Day of Awesomeness
- National Mario Day
- National Blueberry Popover Day
- International Wig Day
- Skirt Day
- No Smoking Day
- National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day
How to Celebrate International Bagpipe Day
Celebrating the International Bagpipe Day is quite simple and easy. Get to know more in detail about the bagpipes, its types, its usage in different fields, and history. Those who know to use the instrument can produce music to anyone around to enjoy this Day. Even those who are new to bagpipes can try using it or can attend a class to learn about the bagpipes as is the best time. You can find out if there are any event held in your region and get involved in it. Take your family members to the event, and if possible, you can try making sound from it. Don’t forget click pictures of yourself with bagpipes and do share them on the social media using the hashtag #BagpipeDay.
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