Car Keys and Small Change Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to pockets. It is in these small cloth bags stored all kinds of things: coins, car keys, gum, and more. The holiday is celebrated on February 28.
It is believed that pockets appeared around 3000 BC. Back then, ancient people wore fur or leather belts with pockets sewn on them. This was due to practicality: in the pockets you could put found berries, nuts, herbs, or carry arrowheads there.
In the Middle Ages, pockets were simply cuts in people’s outer garments. Over time, this item became more like little purses. They could be attached and removed from clothing. Usually they were sewn on the inside, so that the money could not be easily reached by pickpockets.
It wasn’t until the 1800s that pockets became similar to what we see in modern clothing. They became fixed and were a piece of cloth sewn to the garment so that it had a hole on the outside and was a one-piece pouch on the inside. At the same time pockets were part of men’s clothing, women’s clothing began to make them only in the first half of the 20th century.
- Pockets in women’s clothing brought the world famous Coco Chanel. She was very fond of pockets and thought women would find them very useful.
- The Pentagon developed a special Tac-Tie with small pockets for everything you need: a lighter, a small flashlight, a penknife and other small items.
- Researchers recommend keeping your cell phone in an outside pocket to avoid the negative effects of electromagnetic waves near the human body.
How to celebrate
Check the integrity of your pockets on Car Keys and Small Change Day to avoid losing small but very important items. Get yourself new clothes with enough pockets. They are sure to fit all the necessary items.
Spread the word on social media. Ask other users if they prefer clothes with enough pockets, or if they like to carry small items in a bag or backpack.
When is Car Keys and Small Change Day celebrated in 2024?
Car Keys and Small Change Day is observed on February 28 each year.