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[ moh-vem-ber ]

What is Movember?

Movember is a month-long event in which people are encouraged to grow mustaches in order to raise (grow) awareness of and funding for research related to men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health.

Although Movember is based on the idea of growing a mustache during the month, it’s not limited to that and many people observe it in other ways.

Movember is often associated with and sometimes confused with No-Shave November, a similar month-long event that takes place at the same time. Specifically, though, No-Shave November involves not shaving any facial hair for the month as part of a campaign to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.

In the case of both Movember and No-Shave November, some people grow facial hair during the month simply for fun, without engaging in the months’ charitable aspects.

Those participating in Movember often use the hashtag #Movember on social media.

⚡️When Is Movember?

Movember takes place each year during November.

Related words

No-Shave November, Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Where does Movember come from?

Movember originated in Australia in 2003 as the idea of two friends, Travis Garone and Luke Slattery, who wanted to bring mustaches back into fashion.

In Australia, mustache is spelled moustache, and the word mo is used as an informal shortening of it. The name Movember is a blend of mo and November, the month in which it takes place.

The event was formalized in 2004, with the cause officially being devoted to raising funds for prostate cancer research. Other men’s health issues have been incorporated since then. In 2006, the Movember Foundation was established as a charity organization.

Examples of Movember

We’ll be supporting Movember again this year. Spread the word!
@cabinetrooms, October 11, 2021
How could you not support someone who can grow that kind of 'stache? Pls support my oldest son during #movember
@JillCarleton1, October 10, 2021
Now many of us know Movember to be an annual fundraiser among rugby players with World Cup players signing up to the challenge annually in an attempt to prove that even players playing a sport typically associated with being manly are willing to discuss mental health.
Elin Alexander, Epigram, November 30, 2020

Who uses Movember?

Did you know … ?

  • Since its founding, people participating in Movember have raised hundreds of millions of dollars for various causes.

What are other words used in discussion of Movember?

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Earth Day, yassification, ♈ Aries Emoji, Autism Acceptance Month, Autism Awareness Month


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