National Tilly Day

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Hold onto your hats and get ready for a wild ride because today we're celebrating National Tilly Day! This fantastically quirky holiday has captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world. So grab your favorite Tilly plush toy and let's dive into the fascinating history of this extraordinary day.

When is Tilly Day?

It's national tilly day on the 5th April.

The Internet Origins of National Tilly Day

Believe it or not, National Tilly Day has its roots firmly planted in the vast realm of the internet. It all began on April 5, 2015, when Tilly, a lovable and mischievous character, first made her appearance in an online comic strip.

Created by a talented artist named Alex, Tilly quickly gained a devoted following as fans couldn't get enough of her adorably funny antics. Soon, Tilly's popularity skyrocketed, and her fanbase expanded beyond the digital realm.

In honor of Tilly's overwhelming internet fame, fans decided to dedicate a special day to celebrate her existence and all the joy she brings. And thus, National Tilly Day was born!

How to Celebrate National Tilly Day

There are countless ways to show your love for Tilly on this special day. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • 1. Organize a Tilly-themed party with your loved ones. Costume contests, Tilly-themed decorations, and Tilly-inspired treats are a must!
  • 2. Create fan art or fanfiction featuring Tilly. Let your creativity run wild and share your creations with the world.
  • 3. Spread awareness about Tilly on social media. Use the hashtag #NationalTillyDay to join the conversation and introduce Tilly to new fans.
  • 4. Support your local comic book store or artist by purchasing Tilly merchandise.
  • 5. Take a moment to reflect on the importance of imagination, humor, and the power of spreading joy. Tilly embodies all these wonderful qualities and more!

Did You Know?

Did you know that Tilly's signature catchphrase, 'Tilly-tastic,' actually originated during a spontaneous improvisation while the artist was drawing one of Tilly's comic strips? It stuck, and the rest is history!

History behind the term 'Tilly'


Origin of 'tilly'

During the 18th century, the term 'tilly' was coined as a slang term used to describe a small brimless hat or cap commonly worn by men. The word is believed to have originated from the English dialect word 'till', meaning cloth or felt, which was used to make these hats. Its popularity grew rapidly as the hat became fashionable among working-class men.


Industrial revolution and the 'tilly' hat

With the advent of the Industrial Revolution in the early 19th century, the 'tilly' hat became more widely worn by laborers and factory workers. Its simple design and affordable price made it a popular choice for those working in various industries. The hat provided protection from dust, dirt, and sparks, making it an essential accessory in many work environments.


Transition to a fashion accessory

By the mid-20th century, the 'tilly' hat had transitioned from predominantly a workwear item to a fashionable accessory for both men and women. Its versatility and timeless design appealed to a wide range of individuals. The unique shape and style of the 'tilly' hat caught the attention of fashion designers, leading to its incorporation in various high-end collections.

Present day

Continued popularity and cultural significance

In the present day, the 'tilly' hat continues to be a beloved fashion item and a symbol of style and individuality. It has become a staple in many subcultures, including hipsters, vintage enthusiasts, and bohemian fashion movements. Furthermore, the 'tilly' hat has gained recognition in popular culture through its appearances in movies, TV shows, and music videos, solidifying its status as an iconic accessory with a rich history.

Did you know?

Did you know that Tilly's signature catchphrase, 'Tilly-tastic,' actually originated during a spontaneous improvisation while the artist was drawing one of Tilly's comic strips? It stuck, and the rest is history!


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