Gingers don’t have it so easy in this world. They struggle to go out in the sun for anything more than a few minutes, and they get a lot of stick for something they didn’t get to choose, so it’s nice to appreciate our ginger-haired loves in our lives for at least one day of the year.
And is there a better day to do that than on “kiss a ginger day”? Yes, you read that correctly, it’s Kiss a ginger day and it’s created in order to encourage positivity. The unofficial holiday was started on social media in 2009 by a ginger guy named Derek Forgie who was tired of the mocking he and fellow red-heads are subjected to. So, he decided to create a holiday for people who are pretty rare on this planet: only 2% of the people are ginger (not counting people who dye their hair, obviously), and it’s a result of a genetic mutation in a gene called MC1R, or also known as the “ginger gene”.
This gene is responsible for the freckles, the red hair, and the pale skin on ginger people, and if both parents have this gene, there’s a big chance that their child will be ginger, even if none of them are. Another interesting thing is that if both parents are, in fact, ginger, the chances that the child will also be ginger are near 100%.
Gingers have been given a hard time for a long time, and their mocking dates back to medieval times, where Judas, Jesus Christ’s betrayer is often painted as a redheaded person. Many Christian scholars have also written that red hair resembles the fires of the hell, and it was also seen as an indicator of witchcraft or untrustworthiness.
However, even with the bad press of the past, some of the coolest people on this planet are ginger, from Ed Sheeran to Sophie Turner, Rupert Grint and Prince Harry. So, use this day to share your love for your red-headed loves and make sure to give them a kiss – if you have the permission to do it, of course.