National Red Mitten Day is celebrated in Canada on November 21st. It was launched in 2017 by Hudson’s Bay Company, the oldest corporation in North America, and the world! The tradition has firmly settled in the hearts of the locals and is not going to disappear!
The first mittens made were stylized as the Canadian flag – they were red and with a maple leaf (it is a symbol of the state). In 2010, the Olympic Games were held in the city on the west coast – Vancouver. Athletes who took part in the competitions wore them with pleasure, so the popularity of the products was at a high level! The company was a resounding success: they calculated the profit from sales and really could boast of it. It is noteworthy that the founders donated part of the amount to the Olympic Committee. Today, charity still operates: if you purchase an accessory in Hudson Bay, the funds will go to the needs of Olympians and coaches.
- They originated in Latvia and are associated with many ancient traditions.
- Before 1589, they were handmade, but an English priest, William Lee, came up with a knitting machine which revolutionized the production of mittens.
- Modern mittens come in various colors, shapes and fabrics.
- They may have a valve, which is used by hunters for comfortable shooting.
How to take part
- Buy mittens from Hudson’s Bay Company to support athletes.
- Tell your friends about National Red Mitten Day and join the celebration.
- Take a photo of the mittens and post it on social media.
When is National Red Mitten Day celebrated in 2023?
National Red Mitten Day is observed on November 21 each year.