We all know that school isn't the best time for those of us endowed with a beautiful head of ginger hair. The mocking can be endless, and calls of 'ginger' across the play ground may still haunt us today.
However, now, things are changing - and ginger pride is now a long overdue movement.
Now, 5 November isn't simply Bonfire Night, it's also National Love Your Red Hair Day - hurrah!
So, if you, or any of your friends are of a fire-headed disposition, then this calls for a celebration.
The idea of the national day is to empower man and women with red hair, and to encourage them to accept and embrace their individuality.
It was started in 2015 by sisters Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti, co-founders of the website How to be a Redhead, as a response to hateful days such as 'Kick a Ginger Day'. Explaining their motivations on their website, they said:
We wanted to create a nationally recognised day of the year that empowered redheads to love their hair.
But, most of all, it’s a reminder for women everywhere, redhead or not, to love their unique qualities.
That's something we can really get behind.
Now, people are taking to social media to share their love for their ginger locks with the hashtag #LoveYourRedHairDay and #NationalRedHairDay, and the results are fantastic.
@KCComms @kirstlwilson @annakegoddard @dhknight97 Wish I still had the red hair to #LoveYourRedHairDay 😂 https://t.co/iF8SxbixeN— Charles Brook (@Charles Brook) 1541408921
@Independent Back to when I did have red hair! #nationalredhairday https://t.co/bqArfr3mPT— Surupa Mukhopadhyay (@Surupa Mukhopadhyay) 1541408125
In recent years, there has been a growing trend in the 'ginger pride' movement, with projects such as Red Hot working to celebrate ginger beauty, with their annual calendar Hottest Gingers.
Now in its sixth year, the project aims to transform the old, negative stereotypes that can still linger around those with red hair, to showing them off in all their red hot grandeur.
Their latest calendar, Red Hot American Boys, pretty much does what it says on the tin, and displays some seriously buff ginger men in all their muscled glory, striking poses and showing off their poses on Muscle Beach, Los Angeles.
And, as of 31 October, ginger emojis finally landed on iPhone .
So, instead of 'Kick a Ginger' day - let's embrace our differences, and celebrate that redhead in your life.
Happy Love Your Red Hair Day!
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