National Beard Appreciation Day

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Ah, National Beard Appreciation Day! A day dedicated to celebrating those luscious locks men proudly display on their faces. Whether it's a full-on hipster beard or a well-groomed mustache, this is the perfect occasion to show your facial foliage some love. So, grab your combs, oils, and trimmers as we dive into the wonderful world of beards!

When is Beard Appreciation Day?

It's national beard appreciation day on the 20th May.

The Origins of National Beard Appreciation Day

Like the thick bristles of a majestic beard, the internet buzzed with excitement on May 20, 2015. It was on this day that National Beard Appreciation Day gained significant attention, with a whopping 75 mentions recorded online. It seems that people couldn't resist sharing their love for facial hair!

While the exact origin of this hairy celebration remains a bit of a mystery, it's safe to say that beards have been a symbol of masculinity throughout history. From the bearded pharaohs of ancient Egypt to the rugged lumberjacks of the Wild West, beards have long been associated with strength, wisdom, and rugged charm.

How to Celebrate National Beard Appreciation Day

There are plenty of ways to honor National Beard Appreciation Day, whether you're capable of growing a beard yourself or simply admire the facial hair of others. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Grow It Out: If you've been contemplating growing a beard, now's the perfect time to start. Embrace the scruff and let it flourish!
  • Pamper Your Facial Fuzz: Treat your beard to some TLC. Invest in beard oil or balm to keep it soft, shiny, and manageable. Don't forget to comb it regularly!
  • Compliment a Beard: Spot an impressive beard in the wild? Don't be shy! Pay the bearded gentlemen a compliment and let them know their facial hair is on point.
  • Beard-Themed Activities: Host a beard competition with your friends or organize a beard-themed party. Award prizes for the longest beard, most creative beard style, or best mustache.
  • Support a Beard-Related Charity: Use the day as an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for organizations focused on men's health, such as prostate cancer research or mental health initiatives.

Did You Know?

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, is known for his iconic beard? Before growing his beard, an 11-year-old girl named Grace Bedell wrote a letter to Lincoln, suggesting he grew his facial hair because it would make him look better. Lincoln took her suggestion seriously and grew his famous beard. Talk about the power of persuasion!

History behind the term 'Beard Appreciation'


Rise of the bearded rebels

In the roaring 1920s, an era known for its rebellion against societal norms, the popularity of beards began to surge. A rebellious spirit swept the world, and men, in particular, embraced facial hair as a symbol of nonconformity. The embrace of beards by iconic figures like artists, musicians, and writers further propelled the trend, giving rise to a subculture centered around beard appreciation.


War effort and the beard-mustache distinction

As the world was gripped by World War II, the significance of facial hair took an interesting turn. Military regulations dictated that soldiers maintain a clean-shaven appearance for gas mask effectiveness. However, this led to a surge in mustaches, as they didn't interfere with the seal of the masks. The distinction between beard and mustache appreciation became a topic of interest, with diverse styles and elaborate grooming methods gaining popularity.


Counterculture and the rise of the bearded icon

The 1960s witnessed a countercultural movement that challenged traditional values and norms. Beards became a symbol of the anti-establishment sentiment, as activists, hippies, and free-thinkers embraced facial hair as a rejection of mainstream culture. Iconic figures like Che Guevara and Bob Dylan, adorned with unruly beards, epitomized the rebellious spirit and played a pivotal role in shaping the beard appreciation movement.


Revival and the beard craze

After a decline in popularity during the clean-shaven 1970s, beards experienced a renaissance in the 1980s. The rise of the biker subculture and heavy metal music brought forth a new wave of beard appreciation. Bands like ZZ Top, with their long, bushy beards, became synonymous with rock 'n' roll and played a significant role in reestablishing beards as a symbol of masculinity and individuality.


The modern beard renaissance

In the 21st century, there has been a remarkable resurgence of beard appreciation. The concept of the 'lumbersexual' gained momentum, associating beards with rugged masculinity and a harmonious connection with nature. The growing popularity of beard grooming products and the rise of social media have further propelled the trend, creating a platform for beard enthusiasts to share styles, grooming tips, and celebrate the diversity and artistry of facial hair.

Did you know?

Abraham Lincoln grew his iconic beard based on a suggestion from an 11-year-old girl named Grace Bedell.


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