National Hat Day and Other Hat Festivals Illustration

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.

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

Make a Pirate hat