There are many types and styles of hats, and chances are you'll see a lot of them today because it's National Hat Day! People make a statement by wearing whatever kind they like, and some people even choose to wear multiple kinds throughout the day. There are records of the day being celebrated at least as far back as 1983. It was originally observed on the third Friday in January, but it switched to being observed on Jan. 15 around 2003.
Hats may serve a variety of functions, and they sometimes serve more than one function at a time. They may offer protection and safety, keep the sun out of the eyes, keep the head warm, make a fashion statement or show status, indicate religion, indicate office or rank.
This article originally appeared on Fremont News-Messenger: Today is: National Hat Day