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World Beard Day - September
Sat, Sep 7, 2024

World Beard Day

World Beard Day celebrates the longstanding admiration for beards, recognized since prehistoric times as symbols of masculinity, strength, and wisdom. Whether you see it as a fashion statement or a sign of status, this day honors all things beard-related.

History

The history of the beard is as old as humanity itself, with evidence suggesting that early humans might have used shells as rudimentary razors. However, traditional images depict them with thick beards. Around 4000 BC, shaving practices began to emerge. The invention of the first shaving cream in Mesopotamia by the Sumerians marked the beginning of beard grooming. In modern times, while beards remain a symbol of status in the Arab world, in other regions, they are more often worn as a fashion statement.

Interesting Facts

  • World Beard Day’s origins are murky but may trace back to Viking traditions around 800 AD in Denmark.
  • The Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck, who painted men with pointed beards in the 1600s, popularized the ‘Van Dyck’ beard style.
  • In the past, beard grooming involved the use of wax and even lipstick, followed by careful combing.
  • During the Victorian era, beards were prescribed by doctors as a cure for various ailments.
  • Studies show that beards can influence perceptions of a man’s social status and authority.

How to take part

Men can celebrate by growing a new beard style, consulting a stylist, or exploring styles online. Those who already sport facial hair might consider refreshing their look. Gifting a beard grooming kit can be a thoughtful gesture for beard aficionados.

When is World Beard Day celebrated in 2024?

World Beard Day is observed on the first Saturday of September each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday September 7 2024
Saturday September 6 2025
Saturday September 5 2026
Saturday September 4 2027
Saturday September 2 2028
Saturday September 1 2029

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