Get ready for National Hat Day, January 15, 2016

WHAT in the world are we thinking, writing about National Hat Day now?

Well, with major festivities taking place in November and December, January can sneak up on us.

Are you thinking, like I was, who cares about dreary old January, especially when about the only thing to think about are ugh, resolutions?

National Hat Day

Hold on to your hats, ha ha! How about this for something to look forward to in January? National Hat Day.

National Hat Day takes place annually on the 15th of January.

National Hat Day for us is big. Really big. Except for the Royal Family who wears hats more than Hattingdon?

No one seems to know when or how National Hat Day got started.

Long History

On a world travel site I found it states that hats have been worn by men as early as 3200 BC as depicted in a Thebes tomb painting showing a man wearing a coolie-like straw hat.

Hats are thought to have been worn originally to protect the head, particularly from the elements. No Sherlock Holmes detection required.

Through the centuries hats became a status symbol, and eventually a fashion statement. With these changes came hat etiquette — such as tipping your hat when meeting a lady or an elderly person, removing your hat at the passing of a funeral procession, when your anthem is played or national flag is raised.

Hats are not to be worn indoors, except in lobbies, corridors and non-residential lifts (elevators) and stairways. And certainly not at the dinner table!


In searching for this information on the internet, I also found this. A periodic table of “the origination of hats” — in pdf format.

Lost and Found

And how about this tidbit. Imagine.

Please visit the Facebook site of Glommers Hattmuseum, Lappland, Sweden. This is a museum with 350 hats for ladies, made in the 30´s to the 60´s that the local milliner, Jenny Stenqvist, never sold but placed in the attic. When we moved in to the house that once belonged to Jenny, we simply had to make a museum of it, visited by 500 people each year! You are so welcome to us in Swedish Lapland, close to the Arctic Circle!

I did find Glommers Hattmuseum’s Facebook page the gentleman referred to but there is very little English. Not to worry. Thank heavens for Google Translator.

Bonnie beret in raspberry created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell for Hattingdon Horses®.


How is National Hat Day celebrated?

First and foremost, people celebrate National Hat Day by wearing hats. Certainly wearing a Hattingdon must count wouldn’t you think?

How about some “hat” music to go with these festivities?

    • “Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)” by Marvin Gaye

“You Can Leave Your Hat On” by Tom Jones or Joe Cocker

“Hold Onto Your Hat” by the Rolling Stones

“My Own Kind of Hat” by Merle Haggard

“Raspberry Beret” by Prince

More Hat Days

• Straw Hat Day — Always May 15th

Straw Hat Day marks the point when your day-to-day felt hats should be put away (until the Felt Hat Day on September 15th), and when you start start to wear them again.

• Felt Hat Day — Always September 15th

On this day, men traditionally wear a felt hat. Women can participate in this day, too. They just have to have a felt hat. It can be of any style, as long as the material is felt. No other hat material will do.

• Make a Hat Day — Always September 15th

Make a Hat Day is is a day for fun. Design, make, and wear your a hat for yourself today. Put your personality into it. Or, make a hat from a character you would like to imitate for a day.

This day is very popular with preschool, kindergarten, and grade school teachers and students. Early in the new school year, teachers look for fun and interesting projects to break up the classroom routine, or for art projects. Kids, who love arts projects by nature, can use their creativity in making a hat that fits them!

The rules for Make a Hat Day are quite simple. Just make a hat, any hat. It can be for you, or for mom or dad. Wearing the hat is optional. But, it’s half the fun.

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