Redhead Appreciation Day
Red hair is something that only appears naturally in about 1-2% of the entire world’s population and about 3-6% among people of Northern European ancestry. When this is contrasted against black hair, which occurs naturally in about 75% of the world’s population, it’s quite easy to see that redheads are something special.
Although redheads (also known as gingers) have often been ostracized throughout history for being different than other people, they have also been romanticized in many different ways. They are often seen as being sensual or as being otherwordly.
Society has always had a complicated relationship with redheads, and that’s probably why a holiday like Redhead Appreciation Day is so important. This holiday is observed annually on September 23rd and encourages everyone to give a redhead in their life the appreciation they deserve.
The History Of Redhead Appreciation Day
If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s the fact that people have quite a few misconceptions about redheads. One of the most common misconceptions about redheads is that the gene mutation that is responsible for creating redheads originated in Ireland, Scotland, or Scandinavia.
The gene actually originated in Central Asia. It’s a mutation in the MC1R gene that fails to produce eumelanin, which provides protection against the sun and causes freckles, pale skin, and of course, red hair. Throughout history, red hair has had symbolic connotations placed on it by society.
At times, it’s been associated with evil or otherworldliness, deviousness, and promiscuity. It’s also been associated with beauty and sensuality at times. Attitudes and perceptions about redheads may have changed throughout the years, but they’re only singled out because they’re special.
The specialness of redheads led someone to invent Redhead Appreciation Day. Unfortunately, we’re unsure of who invented this holiday, or when they invented it. Likely, it’s a holiday that was created by fans of redheads to show appreciation for their unique hair color, but that’s all we can surmise from this day.
With that being said, we’ll continue to try to research the origins of this holiday and if we find anything new, we’ll add it when we can.
Observing Redhead Appreciation Day
Redhead Appreciation Day is a holiday that can be observed by anyone interested in celebrating redheads in their lives. If they don’t know any redhead, they can always take the time to pay homage to one of the many redhead celebrities.
People can also spread the word about this holiday or their love of redheads by using the hashtag #RedheadAppreciationDay on social media. This day celebrates the uniqueness of red hair, so red hair fans can feel free to join in on the celebration any way they want.