Ever heard of Sadie Hawkins Day? In 2017, this quirky holiday falls on Saturday November 3. Find out more about what Sadie Hawkins is—and how it all got started.
What is Sadie Hawkins Day?
On November 15, 1937, cartoonist Al Capp, creator of the Li’l Abner comic strip, introduced the idea of a day in fictitious Dogpatch, USA, when all unmarried ladies, including the character Sadie Hawkins, could pursue their men. If the men were caught, marriage was unavoidable.
The idea took off in real life in November 1938, when the first recorded “girls-ask-boys” Sadie Hawkins Day dance was held. In 1939, Life magazine reported that more than 200 colleges had held Sadie Hawkins Day events. Although it had not been his intention, after the Sadie Hawkins Day debut and subsequent popularity with his readers, Capp included the event in his comic strip every November.
Today, Sadie Hawkins Day events are often celebrated on the first Saturday in November. The holiday may also be celebrated on the 13th or 15th of November.
Did You Know?
Sadie Hawkins Day is sometimes celebrated on February 29, which is associated with a similar tradition. Long ago, Leap Day also was known as “Ladies’ Day” or “Ladies’ Privilege,” the only period of time when women were free to propose to men. It is thought that this event may have been based on a Scottish law in the 1200s or on an Irish legend, but no one knows for certain.
What Do You Think?
Do you think Sadie Hawkins Day still feels relevant today? Whatever your opinion, it’s a fun look at times’ past and an interesting idea for young girls and boys today!