October 21 is Count Your Buttons Day – a special day for all button lovers! Buttons can be found everywhere – from trousers and jackets to shirts and jeans. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors, so why not celebrate this unique accessory?
The origins of the holiday remain a mystery, but we can only imagine it was created by a button collector or a person who simply appreciates them. Buttons have been around almost as long as clothing and have evolved over time, from the earliest shell-shaped buttons to the sophisticated designer buttons of today. Buttonholes first appeared in Germany in the 13th century and quickly became a sensation. During the Industrial Revolution, buttons were once again made at home, until special equipment was developed in the 20th century. Now, buttons are commonplace and even sought after by famous designers.
- In the Victorian era, people used scented buttons soaked in oils.
- Button collectors are known as “phylobutonists”.
- Throughout history, buttons have served as an identification mark, with different buttons for different roles (e.g. watchman and chancellor).
- In England, 100 years ago, girls collected buttons: when their number became 999, it was believed that fate should meet on this day.
How to take part
There are plenty of ways to celebrate Count Your Buttons Day! Start by counting the number of buttons in your wardrobe – how many can you find? You could also learn about the different types of buttons, or even start a button collection by trading with friends and searching for rare items. Finally, why not make a button-shaped cake to celebrate the occasion?
When is Count Your Buttons Day celebrated in 2023?
Count Your Buttons Day is observed on October 21 each year.