Article. Kiss a Ginger Day – Why?

Saturday 12th January is “Kiss a Ginger Day”!

I suppose the first crucial question to ask is why? but I think I know the reason. Ginger haired men and women have been chastised throughout history to the point that they either dyed their locks or went grey with the worry of it.

 

The Worry was…

Right back in Egyptian days of Tutankhamun and Cleopatra, gingers were sacrificed to the Gods, merely to enhance the fertility of the land. However, without actually grinding the bodies up and spreading them around like horse manure over roses, I can’t see it did any good. All these centuries later there’s nothing but desert, although to be fair, it does have a slightly red tint to it.

However…

When colour came to films, the famed character of “Tin Tin”, who had been cast in black and white, had his quiff coloured ginger. Not only that, but the little girl that was the object of Charlie Brown’s attention, despite him never having the courage to chat her up, was given some soft curls all in a glorious carrot red.  Apparently, this was because her character was inspired by a ginger haired lady that her creator, Charles Shultz, continually pined over.

The Worry was…

The Spanish Inquisition believed that Gingers were actually witches, having stolen the fire from hell to colour their hair. This belief was broadened in medieval times here in Britain, where people with freckles and moles were also labelled witches. Some believe that this is why women looking for a man in their life, plaster their faces with blusher and dye their hair – right up to the point that some unsuspecting bloke slides a ring on her finger!

However…

Many a famous and important face in history was framed by a tide of ginger. In all the depictions of famous Brit King Arthur, he sports ginger hair and a beard that would have been well respected in any modern-day rock band. Of course, we shouldn’t forget the man that helped save us all from the tyranny of the Nazi’s, Winston Churchill, who was in his younger days also a ginger! What exactly made it all fall out though is still a mystery.

The Worry was…

Boadicea or Boudica as she was also known, came up with a plan so cunning, that you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel. She gathered her army, spat in their hands and took on the might of the Roman empire. Fatal obviously! condemning herself to being pictured with ginger hair for centuries afterwards!

However…

Some scholars have determined that Adam and Eve were champions of the ginger fringe. Eve, it is said, was a red head herself and that the word for “Adam” in Hebrew, means “Red”.

So, if there’s anyone in any doubt that Gingers are not someone they would want to befriend –

JUST REMEMBER WE’RE ALL RELATED TO THEM!