National Bow Tie Day

National Bow Tie Day, a day that’s celebrated on August 28th annually, is a holiday that was designed and implemented to encourage people to wear these types of ties. Some people say that wearing a bow tie makes a person look dapper, and other people say that wearing a bow tie makes a person look more intelligent.

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

The History Of National Bow Tie Day

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

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

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

It became an observed holiday sometime around 2006 or 2007, but no one really knows who started this holiday. 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 biggest 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. It took several people to tie it.
  • More people end up tying a bow tie on New Year’s Eve than they do 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 it was 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 simple as that and nothing more needs to be done by participants. Of course, it’s up to the person celebrating this day to decide on how simple or elaborate of a bow tie they want to wear or what colors match their outfit for the day.

Holiday participants can also take a picture of themselves wearing a bow tie and then post that 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 (2023)
August 28 Monday
Next year (2024)
August 28 Wednesday
Last year (2022)
August 28 Sunday