National Button Day is celebrated on November 16 in the United States. It is an interesting holiday through which you cannot pass. Buttons are present on most of our things, and although we may not think much about them, they play an important role in our lives. It’s time to find out more about them!
National Button Day was founded by the Button Society in 1938. Participants wanted to bring more attention to buttons and their importance. Many people embraced the idea and added the date to their calendars. Others note that, although clothes are now often equipped with Velcro and zippers, it can be argued that buttons still have their place. In fact, scientists do not know when buttons first appeared, but it is thought to have been in the 3rd millennium BC. It is known that buttons became popular among Greek soldiers in the 4th century BC. Fastening clothes has always been a natural need.
- In 1300, the Church referred to buttons as “devils’ traps”. The reason for this is unknown, but some speculate that it was due to the fact that women’s clothing was typically fastened in the front during this time period.
- In 1896, the first button-down collars were invented.
- In 2014, a button which had been attached to the uniform of the Texas Navy was sold for over $2,000.
- Buttons on the sleeves of a soldier’s uniform were originally put there so they would not wipe their noses on their clothes.
How to take part
Learn more about the importance of buttons. Share your discoveries with others on social media, and tell people about the holiday. Create a collection of buttons – it’s an interesting and rewarding hobby. Meet like-minded people, exchange models, and discuss rare finds.
When is National Button Day celebrated in 2023?
National Button Day is observed on November 16 each year.