National Bow Tie Day

National Bow Tie Day, celebrated annually on August 28th, is a holiday designed to encourage people to wear these types of ties. Some people say that wearing a bow tie makes a person look dapper, while others claim it makes a person appear more intelligent.

Regardless of whether either of these things is true, there is one thing that can be said about this holiday: it gives everyone a reason to dress up for the day.

The History of National Bow Tie Day

Before we begin discussing when this holiday was first celebrated, we would like to take a moment to talk about the history of the bow tie itself. The bow tie was first used by Croatian mercenaries during the 30-Years War in the 17th century.

These mercenaries used a scarf to hold together the opening of their shirts. This scarf was called a cravat and became a fashion trend eventually adopted by the French upper classes. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the cravat gained even more popularity.

At some point, the cravat evolved into the bow tie and has been worn with varying levels of popularity ever since. The holiday celebrating the bow tie was instituted much later.

It became an observed holiday around 2006 or 2007, but no one really knows who started it. All that’s known is that this holiday is the perfect excuse for anyone with a bow tie collection to break out their favorite one and wear it.

Interesting Bow Tie Facts

  • The largest bow tie in the world is 15 feet long and 7 feet high. It was created as a publicity stunt for a San Diego bow tie shop and required several people to tie it.
  • More people end up tying a bow tie on New Year’s Eve than on National Bow Tie Day.
  • Someone who collects ties is known as a Grabatologist.
  • After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the sale of bow ties was banned in the Gilan Province because they were deemed a symbol of Western decadence.

How to Celebrate National Bow Tie Day

National Bow Tie Day can be celebrated simply by wearing a bow tie. It’s as straightforward as that, and nothing more needs to be done by participants. Of course, it’s up to the individual celebrating this day to decide how simple or elaborate a bow tie they want to wear or what colors match their outfit for the day.

Participants can also take a picture of themselves wearing a bow tie and post it on social media using the hashtag #NationalBowTieDay. This can be a great way to let the world know about your secret passion for bow ties.

When is it?
This year (2024)
August 28 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
August 28 Thursday
Last year (2023)
August 28 Monday