NB celebrates its rich Celtic heritage

New Brunswick has declared the week of April 2 to 8 as Celtic Awareness Week in celebration of the province's rich Celtic heritage.

The province says about 42 per cent of residents can trace some component of their heritage to Celtic origins.

Lisa Harris, the minister responsible for Celtic Affairs, says Celtic people have helped populate and shape the province, society and identity.

New Brunswick's Scottish community will hold its annual celebration of Tartan Day on Thursday with the raising of the Scottish national flag at the legislature.

The province first proclaimed Tartan Day on April 6, 1993 in recognition of the role Scottish immigrants and their descendants have played in the development of the Canadian and New Brunswick identity.