Every year people gather in places all over the world to sport their beard, with various ways of celebrating all over the world. The origins of Beard Day have been lost to history, which isn’t surprising considering that there is evidence that the Danish Vikings have held a day in honour of their beard going back as far as 800 AD. Back in those august days, there wasn’t a specific day held to honour the beard, but multiple celebrations throughout the region. Take Dönskborg, Sweden for instance, where all those who lack a beard are banished from the town to spend a day and night in the nearby forest. In town, their shamefully clean-faced visages are burned in effigy by those sporting amazing beards. In southern Spain, there is a tradition of having a bearded man and a beardless boy engage in a boxing match if you can call it a boxing match when the man is armed with a sharp pike. Regardless of where you are, shaving on Beard Day is considered to be one of the worst acts of disrespect possible, and in some places, those with beards are waited on hand and foot.