Ken Day

People reading this article about Ken Day might be wondering what it celebrates. Who is Ken, and why are we celebrating him on March 13th every year? We’re sure that’s what many people are thinking right now, so we’ll go ahead and tell everyone just what the purpose of this day is.

This holiday celebrates Ken Carson, the faithful companion to Barbie — the fashion doll manufactured by Mattel, which has been around for over 64 years. Although Ken hasn’t been around quite as long as Barbie, he’s still an iconic toy and continues to be a big part of this dynamic toy duo.

The History Of Ken Day

Although some holiday sites say that this date commemorates the date when the toy Ken Carson was first introduced to the public, we find that to be not exactly true. The Ken doll was actually introduced on March 11th, 1961 — two years after Barbie was introduced in 1959.

Of course, it doesn’t really matter why this holiday was moved two days forward, but we thought that we needed to address the elephant in the room. The doll Ken Carson was created by Elliot Handler and was named after Kenneth Handler, the son of Barbie creator Ruth Handler.

It was, and still is, manufactured by the American toy company Mattel. According to the Barbie mythos, Ken Carson was born to Edna and Kenneth Carson, and his siblings include his sister Izzy Carson and his brother Tommy Carson.

He is also considered to be the best friend and/or boyfriend to Barbie. Unfortunately, we don’t know who invented this holiday or when they invented it. All that we know is that this holiday has been around for quite a few years now and is celebrated by Barbie and Ken enthusiasts all over the world.

Some Quick Facts About Ken Carson

Okay, are we all ready for some quick Ken Carson facts? If so, then we’ve gathered together quite the collection below. We hope that everyone finds them informative.

  • Ken is from a fictional town known as Willows, Wisconsin.
  • Ken’s middle name is Sean.
  • Ken’s best friend is the husband of Midge, and his name is Alan.
  • Ken was originally made with felt hair, but this hair fell off when wet, so it was replaced with plastic molded hair.

Observing Ken Day

Observing Ken Day isn’t very difficult. All a person has to do is get their Ken and Barbie dolls out and play with them or introduce their children to them. They can also visit one of the YouTube channels dedicated to Barbies. And, of course, people can spread the word about this holiday far and wide using the hashtag #KenDay.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 13 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
March 13 Thursday
Last year (2023)
March 13 Monday
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