November 5 marked National Love Your Red Hair Day! The reaction to this article was enormous. 

Redheads and red hair lovers, it’s time to celebrate. This  National Love Your Red Hair Day we called on everybody, not just those lucky enough to have red hair, to celebrate all the benefits that come from having one the most alluring and rarest of hair colors.

Established by sisters Stephanie and Adrienne Vendetti, co-founders of “ How to be a Redhead” and authors of the “How to be a Redhead Beauty Book,” this year IrishCentral has teamed up with the redhead sisters to bring you a red hair-themed celebration. 

“We noticed there were hateful days like 'Kick a Ginger Day' and wanted a day that spread a positive message about being a redhead,” says Stephanie. 

Be sure to spread your redhead love with the hashtag #LoveYourRedHairDay: 

Stephanie and Adrienne Vendetti, co-founders of “ How to be a Redhead” and authors of the “How to be a Redhead Beauty Book." Image: How to be a Redhead/Facebook.

Stephanie and Adrienne Vendetti, co-founders of “ How to be a Redhead” and authors of the “How to be a Redhead Beauty Book." Image: How to be a Redhead/Facebook.

The five supernatural myths surrounding redheads

Most redheads will have to put up with teasing at some point in their lives. Some will suffer from bullying due to their beautiful blazing hair, but how about being persecuted because you’re thought to be a ‘supernatural being’?

The idea that redheads are vampires, have no soul, and practice witchcraft are only used as jokes today (thankfully), but once these things were believed to be true and treated very seriously.

Redhead myth #1: The Ancient Greeks were positive redheads became vampires when they died

November 5 marks National Love Your Red Hair Day! Image: iStock.

November 5 marks National Love Your Red Hair Day! Image: iStock.

They burned their bodies to stop them from rising from the grave. We can only imagine the fear and hysteria surrounding redheads at the time. It couldn’t have been much fun to be ginger...  and Greek.

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Redhead myth #2: Many European countries accused redheads of being witches

What is it about red hair that causes these rumors? Image: iStock.

What is it about red hair that causes these rumors? Image: iStock.

… and a red-haired woman would be the first in the community to be suspected and tried for witchcraft. It’s hard to imagine what that must have been like. There’s not much we can do about our hair color, but redheads were marked women from birth.

Redhead myth #3: Many thought Judas was a redhead

No gender of redhead people get away from the rumors. Image: iStock.

No gender of redhead people get away from the rumors. Image: iStock.

Interestingly, #1 and #2 are both tied to this idea. It might sound ludicrous now, but reports that the man who supposedly betrayed Jesus was a redhead was passed down through the years. Many people became suspicious of redheads. There’s even a story that Judas was the original vampire.

Redhead myth #4: Times have changed, but we are still teased due to being ‘vampire-like’

Have you ever been insulted because of your red hair. Image: iStock.

Have you ever been insulted because of your red hair. Image: iStock.

We’re no longer drowned as witches or burned, but a general suspicion of our pale skin and unusual hair remains. We are still teased and still joked about as being supernatural.. or able to curse and cast spells.

Read more: US photographer travels the world photographing redheads

Redhead myth #5: Do we mind? No!

We love you all and your redhair! Image: iStock.

We love you all and your redhair! Image: iStock.

I think, actually, most of us like it. Not to take away from the way our redhead ancestors certainly suffered, but history has proven how different we are. How unusual we are. How powerful we are!

The minority are always treated with suspicion. And in most places in the world, redheads are the minority. And, that’s why we were considered witches and vampires in the first place.

We’ve weathered centuries of accusations and injustices, and we’ve come out of it more confident, more self-assured, and more unstoppable!

You can find out more about How to be a Redhead on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or on their website.

Share the love this National Love Your Red Hair Day and share these myths with the redhead you like the most. What's your favorite thing about having red hair?

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National Love Your Red Hair Day is celebrated on November 5. We look at some of the ridiculous rumors that have followed redheads through the ages. iStock