The unicorn. A mythical creature and symbol of morality across the globe.
It also happens to be the national animal of Scotland. Really, it is.
To celebrate the Scottish national Unicorn Day on April 9 and Edinboro’s own Scottish heritage, the University is hosting an afternoon filled with unicorn-themed activities and events for Edinboro students.
“We often think of kilts, bagpipes and tartan plaid as the traditional icons of Edinboro’s Scottish heritage, but sometimes we overlook the fun and creative aspects of that heritage,” said Interim President Michael Hannan. “Our students have done a phenomenal job organizing an event that connects our history and tradition with color and imagination.”
From 2-4 p.m., “unicorns” will meander around the campus loop – the main passageway through the inner circle of campus – as horses from the University’s equestrian team masquerade as unicorns to greet visitors to the Scottish celebration.
Fans of the Netflix series “Nailed It” can check out Edinboro’s competition in Van Houten Dining Hall at 5 p.m. On the show, inexperienced bakers and cake decorators attempt to recreate cakes and cupcakes that were designed by professionals – often with slipshod and hilarious results. Edinboro students will take their turn, replicating unicorn-themed desserts.
The official Unicorn Carnival kicks off at 6 p.m. in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center with bumper cars, bouncy houses, balloon animals, henna tattoos, face paint, carnival games and prizes. Edinboro’s Student Government Organization will also be hosting a stuff-a-unicorn promotion at their booth.
Traditionally known for its love of myths and folklore, Scotland first used the unicorn image on the royal coat of arms in the 12th Century with William I. Later in the 15th Century, King James III featured the unicorn on Scottish gold coins.
Scotland unified in 1603 under James VI and displayed two unicorns on their official Scottish Royal Arms.
A proud mythological beast, the unicorn remains a symbol of the Scots, who continued to fight to remain unconquered.
Unicorn Day at Edinboro University is sponsored by the University Programming Board and Chartwells Dining Services, the official dining provider for the University.
For more information and events from Edinboro University, visit www.edinboro.edu.