The first weekend of September may not seem that important to most people, but to the 1 to 2% of the population with naturally red hair, it’s a reason to party…and party big. The weekend marks Roodharigendag, or Redhead Days, a 2-day celebration of red hair that attracts spitfires (and their admirers) from more than 80 countries, the U.S., Britain, Germany, and Australia being just a few.
Calling All Crimsons
It all started back in 2005. Dutch artist, Bart Rouwenhourst, inspired by the flame-haired maidens featured in the paintings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Gustav Klimt, decided to hold an exhibit featuring 15 new paintings of redheads. Finding the models proved to be more difficult than he anticipated, so he advertised. 150 unexpected muses volunteered. He chose 14, held a lottery to select the lucky 15th, and organized a group photo of the remaining candidates. Redhead Days was born from their gathering.
In 2007, a more official event was held in the city of Breda in the Netherlands, and it has been held there ever since. Almost 800 participants showed up, and this time, 50 new paintings were on display. Every year, the event has attracted more and more like-haired people. In 2012, a world record was broken for the most redheads in one place, and in 2016, 5,000 redheads were anticipated to attend the festivities.
Then and Now
Though it all started with an art exhibit, through crowdfunding it’s evolved into a full-blown free festival with tons of activities to keep party-goers entertained. Live music and spun tunes by redheaded musicians and DJs, a fashion show, lectures and workshops, hot air balloon flights, food trucks, a pub crawl, a huge picnic, camping grounds, stuff for the kiddos, a Mr. & Miss Redhead pageant, and touring the charming hub of Breda.
But perhaps the most important and anticipated event is the group photo…a coming together of ravishing redheads…and the reason the whole shebang started in the first place. Everyone wears white to make their hair colors pop (we say colors, because there are many nuances of red, just ask our Color Crew, and the result is an incredible ombré of fire that celebrates the hue, but also the beauties who rock it so well.
We love the love this festival gives extra-spicy shades, and can’t wait to see this year's gorgeous group shot. How about you?
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