International Bow Day

Anyone hearing the name of International Bow Day might mistakenly think that it’s a holiday that celebrates the bow and arrow. However, that would be an incorrect assumption. The purpose of this holiday is actually to recognize a fashion accessory that has been with us for centuries: the bow.

Although how bows were used and who wore them has changed dramatically over the course of the last few centuries, it’s still something so recognizable that no explanation as to how it’s to be used is needed. So, regardless of whether a person wears a bow in their hair or uses a bow on their gifts, this might just be the holiday they’re going to want to celebrate on August 19th.

The History of International Bow Day

This holiday was established in 2017 by Claire’s—a global brand that makes fun and fashionable accessories and jewelry. They created the holiday to showcase the versatility and trendiness of bows and how they complement a girl’s look regardless of their individual style.

Some Quick Facts About Hair Bows

Below are some facts about hair bows that we think everyone will love to read about before they go about their day and celebrate International Bow Day.

  • Hair bows were originally worn during the 16th century.
  • Both men and women used hair bows with their wigs during the 18th century.
  • During the 19th century, the use of bows among men ended, but women continued the trend.
  • Bows remained popular through the 1920s but fell out of fashion during the 1930s.
  • Bows made a comeback in fashion after WWII.

Observing International Bow Day

Although International Bow Day is a holiday dedicated to fashion bows, people can celebrate it in any way they want. They can wrap gifts with a bow, give bows as gifts, or use a bow as a fashion accessory for the day. They can also use the hashtag #InternationalBowDay to spread the word about this interesting holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
August 19 Monday
Next year (2025)
August 19 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
August 19 Saturday