Beard enthusiasts are gathering around the world to celebrated this year's World Beard Day, an international appreciation of all things beard, moustache and facial hair-related. Held on the first Saturday of September every year, the day takes bearding to extremes of length, colour, shape and style. On World Beard Day, we have a look at some of the most striking beards worldwide:

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A competitor poses for a photograph while partaking in the World Beard and Moustache Championships at the Brighton Centre in England, 2007 Daniel Berehulak/Getty
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Eurovision 2014-winner Conchita Wurst Ragnar Singsaas/Getty
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Germany's Hans-Peter Weis at the Beards and Moustaches World Championship 2011 in the northern city of Trondheim in Norway Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty
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Two bearded men wearing traditional Bavarian hats attend the opening day of the 2014 Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany Johannes Simon/Getty
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A woman wearing branches of plants poses during a Russia's Beard and Mustache Championships in Moscow, April 2015 Alexander Utkin/AFP/Getty
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Competitors at the European Beard and Moustache Championships in 2012 in Wittersdorf, eastern France Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty
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Former Beard World Champion Gerhard Knapp prepares his hair prior to the World and Moustache Championships at the Brighton Centre, England in 2007 Daniel Berehulak/Getty
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The winner of the Sideburns Freestyle Category celebrates victory during the World Beard and Moustache Championships at the Brighton Centre, England in 2007 Daniel Berehulak/Getty
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A man poses as he takes part in Russia's Beard and Mustache Championships in Moscow Alexander Utkin/AFP/Getty
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A man poses as he takes part in Russia's Beard and Mustache Championships in Moscow Alexander Utkin/AFP/Getty
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A man poses as he takes part in Russia's Beard and Mustache Championships in Moscow Alexander Utkin/AFP/Getty
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Daniel Lawlor from Los Angeles poses after winning first place in the Freestyle Moustache category at the third annual National Beard and Moustache Championships in Las Vegas, US, 2012 Frederic Brown/Getty