World celebrates ‘Kiss a Ginger Day’ by snogging redheads
People around the world are showing solidarity with redheads by celebrating the seventh annual International “Kiss a Ginger Day.”
The event was launched in 2009 by Derek Forgie in a bid to counter “Kick a Ginger Day,” a campaign launched by a 14-year-old Vancouver boy in 2008.
Redheads are often unfairly treated in many English-speaking countries because of their pale complexion and auburn hair.
Kick a Ginger Day was condemned by Canadian police as “inciting hate” after several young people claimed they were attacked by classmates inspired by the event’s Facebook group.
By contrast, Kiss a Ginger Day encourages people to show their love for gingers with a kiss or other form of affection.
There is even a special party on Tuesday evening at the White Bear pub in Clerkenwell, London, where redheads will be given goodie bags, discounted drinks and free food.
Social media users are celebrating Kiss a Ginger Day with predictable gusto.
Happy #KissAGingerDay! #Shadowhunters@Kat_McNamarapic.twitter.com/bGkFMk5Hmr— Bane&Lewis (@baneandlewis) January 12, 2016
Today is #KissAGingerDay or, if you're Rory Williams, Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/orMfQ9sXq9— Doctor Who BBCA (@DoctorWho_BBCA) January 12, 2016
"I go to parties, and I... kiss people. With outfits. It's a laugh!" #DoctorWho#KissAGingerDaypic.twitter.com/rTzbwJSjKI— BBC America (@BBCAMERICA) January 12, 2016
Prince Harry is a particular favorite on Kiss a Ginger Day.
Today is #KissAGingerDay. Harry, u busy? 💋 💋 pic.twitter.com/Mdpta0jSiW— ASOS (@ASOS) January 12, 2016
Where is Prince Harry 🙈🙊😍♥️ #KissAGingerDaypic.twitter.com/sqcBSbjGq2— J O H N NA B E L LE (@DearJohnnaBelle) January 12, 2016
Our perfect #Eligible to match #KissAGingerDay has got to be Prince Harry! I mean who wouldn't?! pic.twitter.com/XGMcNHdGwg— Nana Wereko-Brobby (@date_concierge) January 12, 2016
Along with Rupert Grint – famous for playing Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films.
Weasley is our king! 😘 #KissAGingerDaypic.twitter.com/KhV3AXbk6n— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) January 12, 2016
I mean .. ❤️ #KissAGingerDaypic.twitter.com/FfGcdcF65P— secretly_a_weasley (@LaylaseifLayla) January 12, 2016
Come to me Rupert #KissAGingerDaypic.twitter.com/PabeD5xL1b— Cee 〰〰 (@namelesscee) January 12, 2016
And, the internet being what it is, so are ginger cats.
Vet Susie's ginger cat has decided to come out of hiding for a little kiss #KissAGingerDaypic.twitter.com/4MiVG2iiKL— Larkmead Vets (@LarkmeadVets) January 12, 2016
AND it is #KissAGingerDay - this #kitty approves. #cat#gingercatpic.twitter.com/CYE5v8opnL— Vets Now (@VetsNowUK) January 12, 2016
Rise and shine, #redheads! It's a beautiful day - #KissAGingerDay is here! https://t.co/13kQhiaOgcpic.twitter.com/0kuSVzxbg7— Ginger Parrot (@GingerParrotUK) January 12, 2016