Campaigners say New Year tradition of First Bearding is growing in popularity

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2016 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

PRESS RELEASE            31st December

Contact Keith Flett           07803 167266



First Bearding. Ignore any attempt to hand over a lump coal

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that it is again reviving the ancient New Year tradition of first bearding this year.

At midnight on New Year’s morning the first person across the doorstep of a house with a beard, or on this occasion only, a false beard, and must be given a glass of imperial stout to marinade their beard in. In return the beard wearer will bring good fortune for the coming year.

First bearding can be when a stranger with a beard comes to the house, as in first footing, or when someone with a beard already inside steps outside to return again.

The campaign group which opposes irrational prejudice against the hirsute says that the tradition of first bearding was once as popular as first footing but declined with the more clean shaven culture after 1945

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said First Bearding is growing as an important New Year tradition. We expect many of those who have grown a beard over the Xmas holiday to participate this year for the first time in this ancient and now revived tradition.


On or immediately after the stroke of midnight on December 31/January 1 await a knock on the door

If the person has a beard welcome them in as a First Bearder

Be sure to answer the door promptly as otherwise the First Bearder may sustain weather damage to the beard.

If they attempt to give you a lump of coal, ignore this. It is not part of the modern tradition of First Bearding

Give them a glass of imperial stout to marinade their beard in & wish them a Happy Hirsute New Year


National No Shaving Day is 1st January 2017

Beard of the Year 2016: Tim O’Rourke, brewer at Howling Hops, Hackney Wick

Parliamentary Beard of the Year 2016 winner: Jeremy Corbyn MP


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