National Bandana Day is celebrated annually on the last Friday of October. The holiday is dedicated to not only the beauty and practicality of the accessory, but also to the symbol of solidarity for those suffering from oncology. This terrible disease develops rapidly and destroys healthy cells.
National Bandana Day was founded by the Australian youth movement CanTeen. They encouraged people to wear a bandana to show support for cancer patients. Chemotherapy not only helps to destroy tumors, but also has many negative side effects. With active therapy, hair begins to fall out. Many people do not want to go bald, so they often wear a hat or buy a wig. Hair loss is traumatic, as shown by surveys conducted with sick people. 8% of the respondents answered that they would have avoided chemo if they had known in advance they would lose their hair. Children and adults wear a bandana to hide the disease from others and to avoid social isolation.
- The accessory has its roots in ancient Rome and Greece, where it was a type of square-shaped fabric scarf, made from cotton and decorated with patterns.
- The bandana is used by everyone: sailors, bikers, miners, representatives of LGBT communities, teenagers and the elderly.
- Its popularity increased during the revolution in the United States.
- It has become a symbol of the struggle for workers’ rights.
- This small item has had a major impact on the culture of many countries.
How to take part
Putting on a bandana and walking around the city is a great way to take part in National Bandana Day. Before doing so, people can look at the various ways of tying it and buy a new model with a bright print for themselves or a loved one. People can also learn more about the history behind the item and make a donation to a cancer support organization or volunteer their time.
When is National Bandanna Day celebrated in 2023?
National Bandanna Day is observed on the last Friday of October each year.