Pierce Your Ears Day is celebrated every year on September 2nd. There are many reasons people pierce their ears – a tribute to fashion, honoring ancestors, or just a whim. Regardless of the motivation, ear piercing is already an integral part of humanity; representatives of different nationalities and races have been using ear piercing for thousands of years.
Earrings have been used by different nationalities for so long it is not at all surprising there is a holiday dedicated to it. For example, Kenyan warriors use ivory earrings to demonstrate their bravery. The Romans and Egyptians wore gold jewelry to show their status. The Persians also pierced their ears, and the Indians used beads and feathers in their ears.
Today it has become fashionable to pierce not only the ears but also to other body parts. Parents pierce the ears of children as young as a few months old. It is a completely safe and almost painless procedure. If you go to a specialized clinic, the likelihood of infection is minimal.
- In some civilizations, earrings were used as amulets.
- Sailors used earrings to show how far and how long they traveled.
- In the 16th century, pierced ears were a symbol of service in the royal court.
- And in the 20th century, the punk movement appeared, whose members also pierced their ears.
- Even William Shakespeare and Francis Drake wore gold earrings.
- In the West, body piercing only became popular in the early 21th century.
- Clip-on earrings were popular between 1920 and 1950.
How to take part
If you haven’t got your ears pierced yet, visit a beautician and get it done. As an earring, you can use a modest rivet or a luxurious decoration. Share on social networks useful and interesting information about ear piercing, and what it means in different cultures.
When is Pierce Your Ears Day celebrated in 2023?
Pierce Your Ears Day is observed on September 2 each year.