Necktie Day Date in the current year: October 18, 2024

Necktie Day Many countries around the world celebrate Necktie Day on October 18. The holiday originates from Croatia, because it's the place, where necktie (or at least its predecessor) was born.

It's believed that the predecessor of a modern necktie were silk neckerchiefs, that Croatian soldiers wore during the Thirty Years' War. At that time the Croatians were at French service and their traditionally knotted neckerchiefs aroused the interest of the Parisians. The neckerchiefs were named cravat, referring to the French word Croates (Croats).

The Parisian nobility got crazy over this garment when King Louis XIV began wearing a lace cravat. The fashion spread and soon both men and women started to wear cravats. The lace neckerchiefs looked more like modern neckties by the mid of the 19th century. They became very popular in Britain, where wearing a necktie was elevated to the rank of the high art. English gentlemen knew almost a hundred tie knots!

Necktie Day is mostly celebrated in Croatia, the United Kingdom and France, but festive events are also held in many major cities around the world.

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