National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day is celebrated every year on March 13. It’s a day to test the popular superstition that opening an umbrella inside will bring bad luck. Superstitions are baseless beliefs held by people that influence their behavior. They are irrational beliefs that performing or not performing particular acts will lead to either bad luck or good luck. National Open an Umbrella Indoors day allows you to try your luck and see how your day goes!
History of National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day
The creation of National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day is credited to Thomas Edward Knibb to encourage people to investigate if opening an umbrella indoors could bring a person bad luck.
An umbrella is also called parasol, brolly, bumbershoot, rainshade, sunshade, gamp, or canopy. It is an apparatus made of cloth on a metal frame, used to protect a person from rain, sunshine, and the elements. Umbrellas have been around since 1000 B.C. and were first designed by the Egyptians. They were mainly used by the nobility and were made from lotus leaves or feathers over a stick frame.
The invention made its way to China, also used by Chinese royalty. Servants were made to carry these leather, silk, or cloth contraptions over their masters during outings. However, the rest of the population was confined to using umbrellas made out of stout paper. Eventually, umbrellas spread to other parts of the world, such as Korea, Greece, Japan, Rome, India, and North America.
The superstition about opening umbrellas indoors can also be traced back to the ancient Egyptian era when Egypt worshipped the sun god. It was believed that the act of opening an umbrella indoors would displease their god, and so this was avoided at all costs. The superstition also has roots in the circumstances surrounding the umbrella in England during the 18th century. At the time, umbrellas were not as light and easy to operate. They were rigged with hard metal spokes and were much heavier than they are today. Thus, opening an umbrella inside, where others were likely to come to harm, was actually dangerous. The idea of opening an umbrella indoors progressed from a mere warning to a superstitious belief.
Another superstition is that merely opening an umbrella indoors can’t cause bad luck unless the umbrella is black.
National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day timeline
Egyptians invent the first umbrellas.
Jonas Hanway popularizes umbrellas in England.
James Smith founds a shop for umbrellas called James Smith & Sons.
Samuel Fox invents steel-ribbed umbrellas, the kind used in modern times.
National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day FAQs
Can umbrellas protect from U.V. radiation?
Yes. Black, silver-coated, or umbrellas made from non-transparent materials do the trick.
Do umbrellas protect against heavy winds?
It depends. Umbrellas made from nylon or polyester would be best suited.
What are the different parts of an umbrella?
Umbrellas are made of canopy, shaft, handle, runner, stretcher, ribs, and springs.
National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day Activities
Use an umbrella
What better way to celebrate than using an umbrella on this holiday! If it’s the rainy season where you are, avoid mad dashes for cover and get an umbrella. And if it’s sunny where you’re at, open your umbrella and take a nice stroll without having to squint against the sun.
Open an umbrella indoors
The whole point of the holiday is to discover whether the superstition is true. So test your luck and open an umbrella indoors. Watch carefully and take notice of any strange occurrences during your day.
Enjoy the umbrellas
Not only can you celebrate by using regular umbrellas, but you can also get something umbrella-themed. Order a drink with one of those tiny umbrellas or wear an umbrella-themed outfit.
5 Important Facts About Umbrellas
Little umbrellas were first used as drink decorations in 1959 by Harry Yee, a bartender in Hawaii.
Umbrellas were made from Coca-Cola bottles and plant materials in 1969.
The dog umbrella
The dog umbrella, made to protect dogs from the elements, was invented by Kenneth Warth.
The ‘Wezzo oombrella’ is a smart umbrella that sends an alert to your phone via Bluetooth, telling you when it’s about to rain.
A frog was photographed by ‘National Geographic,’ using a leaf to shield itself from the rain.
Why We Love National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day
Umbrellas are so useful and versatile. Whether it’s sunny, rainy, or sleety, they protect from harsh elements.
Not only are they very useful, but umbrellas can also look stylish and enhance an outfit. With a wide variety of colors and styles, umbrellas don’t have to detract from or cramp your style.
Imagine a world without umbrellas. People would either have to put a hold on movement whenever the weather took a harsh turn or risk getting battered by the elements. Umbrellas save us time. Better yet, they’re lightweight and easy to use.
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