National Red Mitten Day:
Celebrated annually on November 21st, the National Red Mitten Day encourages Canadians to display their patriotism and sport’s spirit for its Olympic participants! Every year the people of Canada show their affection and support for Team Canada by wearing red mittens and raising funds across the country!
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Why National Red Mitten Day?
The National Red Mitten Day is observed since 2017 on every November 21st. It was initiated by the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) Foundation, a charity arm of HBC.
HBC is a leading apparel and general merchandise retailer that has developed immensely since the 17th century.
It all started with HBC launching their line of apparel in 2009 ahead of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The Red Mittens by HBC were one among the apparel that tasted immense success! The Red Mittens were red and white with a large maple leaf displaying Canada’s national symbol was perfect to display Canadian spirit. The Red Mittens were sold at $10 and HBC profited largely from its sale! As a result, the HBC donated one-third of its profits to the Canadian Olympic Committee. since then the “Red Mitten” Program has backed the Canadian athletes and has been a channel to connect the Canadians to support Olympic participants through Philanthropy.
The HBC now donates $3.90 on every purchase of a pair of red mittens for $15 each on National Red Mittens Day. Last year HBC announced doubling its donations for COF. To date, over $32 million has been raised by the Red Mitten program for the Canadian Olympic Foundation, to support Canadian athletes by providing access to coaching, equipment, medicine, and nutritional requirements to achieve their dreams on the global platform!
HBC has made it easier to purchase the Red Mittens with traveling pop-up shops at select locations and special appearances from Canadian athletes.
The Red Mittens are available on thebay.com and at all the Hudson’s Bay outlets across Canada. They are available in various sizes perfect for all the family members to display your support in style.
How Can We Observe National Red Mitten Day?
- Wear your Red Mittens!
Show your unity and Pride for Canada’s Athletes by wearing Red Mittens today! Encourage friends and family to do the same too! click pictures with your red mittens and share them on social media!
- Purchase a Pair of Red Mittens!
if you don’t already possess red mittens, purchase a pair from one of the HBC outlets or thebay.com to contribute for the COF!
- learn to knit red mitten!
You can display your Canadian spirit by learning to knit a pair of red mittens today! show your skills and love for the country by gifting a pair and sharing on social media!
- Share your Canadian pride on Social Media!
Share your thoughts and stories about the winter Olympics and the Red Mitten Day to raise to encourage friends and family to join this great cause for the nation’s athletes today! use hashtags #NationalRedMittenDay and #RedMittenDay to share on social media!
Interesting Facts About National Red Mitten Day:
Here a few fun facts about Mittens to add more fun to the celebrations!
- Mittens are generally used to protect your hand from handling hot items in the Kitchen such as bakeware and cooking pots.
- Mittens are made using textiles such as cotton or other fabric and insulated with materials that resist heat
- Mittens made from textiles usually come in decorative colorful patterns and are washable for re-use!
- Mittens or Oven gloves were invented by the American Baker Earl Mitt, in Texas during the 1870s. It was made of leather and wool.
- Few Mittens are designed with finger sockets enabling better grip and control.
- During the 1980s paper was used as an insulating material in the mittens!
- mittens without fingers are used for babies, mittens without fingertips are needed for delicate works and the one with thumb section is basically used for baking and handling hot pots.
- Mittens were typically worn to be protected from cold and while handling chemicals.
History Of National Red Mitten Day:
The National Red Mitten Day was founded by the Hudson’s Bay Company. The initiative was started before the 2010 winter Olympics in Canada. However, the specific details of the founder and the reasons for choosing November 21 as National Red Mitten Day are not unknown. There are no presidential claims declaring it as a National Holiday. thus it is considered to be an unofficial fun holiday for philanthropic purposes!