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World Beard Day Complete History, Date And Reason Of The Celebration

Meaning Of The Beard Day:

Since the beginning of time, the beard has had a meaning beyond personal aesthetics. In different cultures, the imprint that let’s bear beard has been different according to their beliefs and customs. Having it could social status or belonging to some religion.

History Of The World Beard Day:

In Ancient Egypt, they let their hair grow on their chins and dyed it with henna or braided with gold threads. Also, they used false beards. The peoples of Mesopotamia created curls in their beards with tweezers and tongs because they considered them of great importance. On the other hand, the Persians were fans of long beards.

In Ancient India, the beard was a symbol of wisdom, so it was taken care of and venerated. So important was that punishment was to shave it in public. For the Ancient Greeks, it meant virility. For the Romans, the beard differentiated them from the Greeks; So they were always well shaved. In the last years of the republic, the first shave was considered the beginning of adulthood and was celebrated as a party.

Already in the Middle Ages, wearing a beard meant virility, honor, and wisdom. In the fifteenth century, European men shaved. The beards of the 16th century were very long but as a matter of fashion. Some of the best known are the square beard and needle beard. After the seventeenth century, the beard went out of fashion and, in Russia, it was even an obligation to shave and began to apply a tax on beards.

From 1850, it became popular again and was adopted by great leaders and cultural personalities, both in Europe and in the United States. In this period, she was linked to masculinity and courage. Already for the decades of ’20 and ’30, men wore only mustache or goatee. In the United States, the male protagonists of the movies and the superheroes were shaved.

Later, the beard became popular again in the 1950s with the Beatniks and hippies of the 1960s. However, it was used more in the ’70s, when it was adopted by musicians like Jim Morrison and Barry White. From 90 ‘onwards, the fashion was the goatee or padlock.

Today, beards are synonymous with personal style and barbershops have become increasingly popular. In addition, men began to stylize them in their homes and incorporate their care into their daily routine.

When The World Beard Day Is Celebrated And Reason Of This Celebration:

The World Beard Day is celebrated every year on the first Saturday in September. The reason for the celebration is to promote their status globally. Several countries have their own traditions for this date, such as Costa Rica and Spain. Worldwide, shaving on this day is considered disrespectful.

The initiative to celebrate was a group of Australians more than five years ago, a day before the day they commemorate Father’s Day. However, the origins date back to the times of the Danish Vikings, in 800 BC

In Central America, more specifically in Costa Rica, a great celebration was held by the Barba’s and Whiskers Association. This year, it was celebrated on September 3 at the Stiefel Pub, with drinks and raffles. In other countries of the world, it was held with beard style competitions.

5 curiosities to celebrate International Beard Day:

At first glance, this holiday may seem like a simple excuse to continue the celebration. However, we are facing a date of great relevance in the calendar of those men who wear facial hair of great prominence. Although it only has five years of existence. On the first Saturday of September of each year, the most important cities on the globe organize a multitude of activities to pay tribute to this part of the male body, which has experienced increasing popularity in recent years. The ones in charge of inaugurating such a commemoration were the members of an Australian rock group, Los Barebones, which, as its name implies, wore the beard as a sign of identity.

  1. A big beard requires patience:

Unlike the mane of our head, the beard grows at an almost imperceptible speed: 5 nanometers per second. That is 0.0000005 centimeters per second. Therefore, if your goal is to show off a long and populated beard, you should exercise your patience first.

  1. Power symbol in ancient Egypt:

While the Bible forbade its faithful to trim their beards, in ancient Egypt the pharaohs brought much more personality to this aesthetic complement. A small strand of hair fell under her chin, in the form of a braid with gold threads or dyed henna. The purpose of this meticulousness was to personify the figure of Osiris, the first great monarch of his civilization. In fact, even some women dared to wear false beards as a symbol of respect and power.

  1. The main enemy of Alexander the Great:

However, in contrast to the Egyptians, Alexander the Great forced his army to always fight with a perfect shave. A most successful decision, as the king of Macedonia, discovered that during the battle, the enemies took their beard soldiers to make them fall from the horse. Even today, there are still some militias that prohibit facial hair among their troops.

  1. The most famous beard in history:

This title falls to Abraham Lincoln. However, the decision to let his iconic beard grow came after the advice of a girl of only 12 years. Little Grace Bedell sent a letter to the then-presidential candidate explaining that the beard could hide her thin face. Something Lincoln did not overlook.

  1. The first barbershop in history:

This was built in Rome, in 299 BC. The idea of this innovative business at the time was born from the merchant P. Ticinus. While the first man who wore the shave proudly was General Scipio, better known as the “The African.” Also responsible for creating this trend for many decades.

Teodora Torrendo
Teodora Torrendo
Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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