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The mustache has a long history, falling in and out of fashion throughout the decades. By the early 2000s, the mustache had lost popularity, but in 2003, two friends in Australia decided to bring it back, enlisting 30 men to join them in growing mustaches. Thus Movember was born. Movember occurs every November, where mustaches are grown around the world to bring awareness to men’s health issues. In recent years, over 5 million people have participated in the month long event, and the Movember Foundation has helped fund over 1,200 men’s health projects.
The global reach of mustache day demonstrates the mustache’s continuing prevalence in society. Mustache day is celebrated in a variety of ways around the world, including national and international holidays for both natural and fake mustaches. In the United States, Oakland, California's Mustache day began on June 18, 1972, when Oakland A’s owner Charles Finley paid coaches and players a $300 bonus to grow out their mustaches and allowed all fans with mustaches into the park for free that day. Another notable publication of group mustache day is commercial corporation Jellyvision's 2007 mustache celebration in Chicago.
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Movember Europe. (2019). Our Story. Retrieved from https://uk.movember.com/about/history