Today, the 12th January is National Kiss A Ginger day, so use this opportunity to steal a kiss from one of these amazingly attractive genetic rarities.
Kiss A Ginger Day was established in 2009 by Derek Forgie as part of a Facebook group, intended to offset the far less fun Kick A Ginger Day that takes place in November. After the events of this aggressive event, gingers everywhere were tormented and assaulted in schools all over the world.
Redheads are some of the rarest expressions of genetics in the world, true red only being present in 1-2% of the population. The range of colors that can be seen range from Burgundy to bright copper, with a few instances of an unfortunate bright orange in between. While in some parts of the world this color hair is disparaged, and the origin of such phrases as “like a red-headed stepchild”, the rest of the world has an undying love affair with them. Red hair dye is one of the most popular hair care products, and it comes in a wide array of colors, including some never found in nature.
As an interesting fact, while Ireland is heavily associated with red hair, those with red hair actually have an older origin. Red hair is a layover from the days of the Viking invasions, brought in from immigration and acts of heinous violence against the Vikings’ victims.
Celebrating Kiss a Ginger day is easy - you just find one of these individuals and offer to give them a big old kiss as an appreciation for their unique and stunning hair color. Always make sure you have their permission first and try not to get a restraining order from Ed Sheeran!