ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Ginger hair festival or Red Hair Day

Updated on July 29, 2012

celebrate ginger hair

Red Hair Day is a celebration of those with natural red hair. Every September in the city of Breda in the Netherlands crowds of people celebrate the ginger gene. You may be surprised to know that no such ginger hair festival exists in Scotland, the native land of the redhead - or 'gingers', as they are affectionately known in Scotland.

Perhaps it is so prevalent in Scotland that there is not so much need for a Red Hair Day celebration as such. But redheads are often the subject of ridicule, none more so than in the UK. So a positive celebration of this rare gift of the ginger gene is long overdue. So, let's celebrate the titian-hued, strawberry-blonde, auburn, copper-topped, ginger-nuts of the world.

redhead

Roodharigendag is now in its fourth year. It celebrates redheadedness with lectures, demonstrations and workshops for natural redheads (as opposed to naturally henna- coloured red hair).

Less than 5% of the world's population has red hair, brought about by a recessive gene associated mainly with the fair-skinned of Northern Europe. Red heads thrive in a cooler climate due to this gene. This means their paler skin is more sensitive to the sun and more likely to produce Vitamin D in climates with less sunshine.

Up to 13% of Scotland's population has red hair and 35% carry the recessive gene which can skip a generation. Up to 10% of the population in both Ireland and Wales have the ginger DNA. Other populations in Northern Europe show this to a lesser degree.

The largest population of redheads is in the USA but it is still only 2-6% of the population and redheads in America are often assumed to come from good Celtic stock. This could be perhaps why redheads are often stereotyped as fiesty and having a fiery temper. But I think that it's about time that Scotland stood up for ginger and to take a stand against those who ridicule this rare trait.

this is my only chance to have ginger hair
this is my only chance to have ginger hair

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Jill Saperstein profile image

      Jill 

      4 years ago from Florida

      I want to go to this.

    • TheScarletPlague profile image

      TheScarletPlague 

      7 years ago from Florida

      I have auburn-red hair! I learned something new... I will have to have my own red hair celebration day on September 7th! Thanks for the hub.

    • Jelliebean profile imageAUTHOR

      Jelliebean 

      9 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Hello, I also have a niece with fiery red hair and she has been brought up to be proud of her hair colour. It's about time red heads are celebrated. I look forward to reading some more of your hubs StixBrown.

    • StixBrown profile image

      StixBrown 

      9 years ago

      My oldest granddaughter has naturally red hair. She's 10. She would love to hear about a celebration for her hair color.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)