Ancient Roots, Modern Holidays for Kids - National Hat Day and Other Hat Festivals Illustration

Ancient Roots, Modern Holidays for Kids - National Hat Day

For Kids: Hats have quite a history. Archaeologists have found carvings of people wearing hats as far back as 3200 BCE. There were all kinds of reasons to wear hats - safety, protection, religious reasons, ceremonial reasons, warmth, fashion, rank, social status, and sun shading (to name a few.) Around the world, hats are often part of celebrations.

The National Hat Day in the United States is a modern holiday. This holiday has observed in schools, museums, and libraries. It started in 1983. In the year 2023, the holiday will be 50 years old.

United States: National Hat Day in the United States is January 15th each year. This is a great holiday to celebrate as all you need is a hat! You can make a hat out of paper or cloth or just about anything.

Switzerland: One very interesting hat celebration occurs in Switzerland. It's called the Onion Walk. The famous Swiss onion market opens in November with a parade of marching onions. They're not real onions. But the marchers wear tall (very tall) onion hats with faces painted on them. The marchers are accompanied by drummers to officially open the market.

Portugal: In Portugal, instead of onions, there is a special holiday parade of young women wearing hats made of bread. Some of these elaborate hats are 6 feet high. Colored flowers decorate the bread, which is twisted into interesting shapes. One year, over 600 women participated. This festival is called the Festival of Trays. It takes once very four years!

Japan: In Japan, the one present you give your grandfather when he turned 61 is a red hat. Giving this hat is a special way of saying, "Happy Birthday and many more to come!"

Australia: The cork hat is uniquely Australian. It's a hat with dangling corks that swing as you walk or in the breeze. This weird looking hat was designed to keep flies away during fly season. This is a practical, if rather odd looking, seasonal hat.

The Onion Market

Festival of the Trays

Australian outfit - fly hats

For Teachers

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10 simple crazy fun hats

Lesson Idea: In 2023, the hat day holiday will be 50 years old. It's an irresistible lesson idea. I don't know what I'm going to do with it yet. Suggestions would be appreciated.