World Beard Day is a day for men of all ages and stations to celebrate their beards. Beard Day honours your beard, as well as the beards of those around you.
September 4, 2021: Since the dawn of time, the beard has been the quintessential emblem of manliness. Thus, World Beard Day to celebrate all kinds of beards.
The beard reigns supreme in the world of masculinity, whether it’s neatly trimmed, full, or well-manicured, or even wild and bushy and out of control.
In reality, the beard has long been associated with numerous masculine attributes, including wisdom, power, high social position, and even sexual prowess in many cultures, particularly in warrior societies.
History of World Beard Day
Every year on the first Saturday in September, people across the world gather to celebrate the glory of men’s beards in a variety of ways.
Since it is thought that mankind did not begin shaving until around 4000 BC, practically every man at the beginning of history would have kept a beard.
It was incredibly useful for both keeping warm and cushioning a blow if caught in a brawl.
The origins of Beard Day are unknown; however, some historians claim that evidence exists that the Danish Vikings celebrated a day in honour of their beards as far back as 800 AD.
There may not have been a single day set aside to commemorate the beard back in those august days, but many events may have taken place throughout each region.
When viewed from the perspective of modern times, some of the celebrations appear to be a touch insanity.
For example, in Dönskborg, Sweden, all men without a beard are exiled from town and forced to spend the day and night in the neighbouring forest. Those with great beards burn their hideously clean-faced visages in effigy in town.
A boxing event between a bearded guy and a beardless youngster has long been a custom in southern Spain.
That is, if you can call it a boxing battle with a man with a pointy pike.
Shaving on Beard Day is regarded one of the worst acts of disrespect possible, regardless of where people are located. In fact, on Beard Day, it is common in some regions for persons with beards to be celebrated and waited on hand and foot by those without beards.
Learn about historical figures with epic beards
Whether actual or imaginary, these historical personalities were well-known and their ability to grow a beard added to the overall effect:
Blackbeard: Why don’t we start with the guy who was given his name because of his beard? The most notorious pirate of the eighteenth century,
Abraham Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln was a President of the United States. A well-trimmed beard and, on occasion, a stovepipe hat were worn by the man in charge of leading the fight in the American Civil War. In reality, Lincoln was one of only five Presidents in the United States (out of 46) who had a beard.
Santa Claus: This iconic character’s white beard is most likely worn to keep warm in his North Pole home’s frigid climate.
Ambrose Everett Burnside: Burnside, a soldier and politician from the American state of Rhode Island, sported a distinctively shaped beard from which he shaved the centre of his chin, giving him the appearance of a massive, wide mutton chop. The word “sideburns” was coined after his name and the way he wore his beard.
Break a bearded World Record
Those with beards who are very competitive can try attempting to break one of the following world records:
All bearded human period: This record was set in 2014 in St. Petersburg, Florida, by the folks behind World Beard Day, with 22 wonderfully bearded males.
Longest beard: Hans N. Langseth, who was born in Norway in 1846, set the record, according to Guinness. Langseth’s beard had grown to an astonishing 17 feet, 6 inches by the time he died.
Biggest weight lifted by a human beard: In 2013, Antanas Kontrimas, of Lithuania, used his beard to lift a 140-pound woman.