How to celebrate World Beard Day

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World Beard Day is celebrated the first Saturday of September

The longest beard is over 17 feet

CNN  — 

Bearded folks and the people who love them are celebrating facial hair Saturday for World Beard Day.

Whether you prefer a goatee, Van Dyke, mutton chops, or chin curtain, there are various ways to mark the annual event, which falls on the first Saturday in September.

First, make sure you brush up on beard facts. The longest beard in the world, grown by Hans Langseth in 1927, was a staggering 17 feet 6 inches long. The Smithsonian Museum in Washington has his beard in storage. The second longest beard measured in at 12 feet long.

It’s a made for social media holiday, with bros, sports teams and even women sharing their most impressive whiskers.

The “Official World Beard Day All-Bearded Human Pyramid” pits countries against each other in a battle for national pride. Last year, the United States pulled out ahead of Australia in the last minute with a pyramid of 22 bearded men compared to Australia’s 19. Will the United States defend its title this year? The winners take home bragging rights.