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World Beard Day

 

Date When Celebrated : First Saturday in September

Today is World Beard Day, a day of celebration around the world. It is a day to celebrate your beard and to celebrate those whose face is covered with hair. One of the goals of this international day, is to promote and elevate the status of beards throughout the world. If you have a beard, there is to be no work for you today. Simply relax, enjoy, and proudly show off your beard. It is a day for those who wear beards to be pampered by beardless folk. On this day, those around you are supposed to wait on you hand and foot.... and beard. 

Back in the day, as in the day of the Caveman, all the guys wore beards. There were no shaving kits or shaving cream. Back then, the modern Caveman always wore a full, and I'm certain, stylish beard. The idea of shaving didn't catch on until much, much later. By about 4,000 B.C., we know people began shaving their beards. A rudimentary form of shaving cream was developed at the time by Sumerians in Mesopotamia. Nowadays, a significant and important minority of men wear beards. The exception to this is the Arab world, where beards are customary.

Sporting a beard is a way to express yourself and your individuality. There's a huge variety of beard styles. The full beard often comes to mind first. But, let's not forget stylish goatees or the Fu Manchu beard. One of the most popular styles today, is a short beard of just 2-3 days growth, or a week at most.

How to Celebrate World Beard Day:

  • Organize, and/or participate in a World Beard Day event
  • Show off your beard
  • Take the day off of work
  • Let others pamper you.
  • Read a book , or watch a movie of famous bearded people.
  • If you do not have one, stop shaving today, and start a beard.

 

Did You Know? If you have a beard, it is taboo to shave it today. Doing so, is considered disrespectful. On the other hand, if you currently do not have one, why not begin growing a beard today!? Rip Van Winkle would be so pleased.

 

Famous People with Beards:

The list of famous people who wore beards is seemingly endless. Here are just a few:

  • Jesus Christ
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Santa Claus
  • Rip Van Winkle
  • Blackbeard
  • King Henry VIII
  • Plato

Here's an interesting historical fact: There were only five U.S. presidents who wore beards. The last president to have a beard was the 23rd president, Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893).  The other four are: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, and James Garfield. The last presidential candidate to sport a beard, was Republican Charles Evans Hughes in 1916. He lost. My times have changed.  

Have a Happy World Beard Day!


Origin of World Beard Day:
 
It is speculated that the roots of World Beard Day dates back to around 800 A.D. Danish Vikings had a special day to glorify beards and those who wore them, which was most men at that time.

We do not know who created and promoted the modern World Beard Day.
 

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