Dolly Parton once said that if you want the rainbow, you’ve got to put up with the rain. Although she never said anything about how to put up with the rain, for generations, the method-of-choice has been the umbrella. As part of many cultures since ancient times, umbrellas have a storied history worth commemorating. So on February 10, we celebrate National Umbrella Day!
National Umbrella Day timeline
One of the earliest umbrella shops opens at New Oxford Street in London, England.
Hans Haupt’s portable umbrellas hit the market.
The umbrella features as a vital prop in the movie “Mary Poppins”.
Rihanna releases ‘Umbrella,’ one of her most well-known songs ever.
National Umbrella Day Activities
Watch a movie that features an umbrella
Singin' in the Rain? Mary Poppins? There are dozens of movies with umbrellas prominently featured, and today's the perfect day to watch one!
Get a cocktail with its own umbrella
Can anyone say "Mai Tai?" There's perhaps no better way to celebrate National Umbrella Day than with your very own miniature!
Buy a backup
Let's face it — umbrellas break all the time. Plan ahead by using National Umbrella Day as an excuse to stock up on an extra!
Why We Love National Umbrella Day
There are dozens of varieties
From the classic to automatic, and from collapsible to comical, there are dozens of types of umbrellas for countless types of scenarios. Which is your go-to?
They're still seeing innovation
If you search for "umbrellas" on any number of crowdfunding websites, you might be surprised by what you find — there are some seriously strange umbrella innovations happening out there. There aren't many things that have been around for so long, and are still seeing innovation!
They've got history
From the scrawlings of ancient Rome, to China, and to Greece, umbrellas can be spotted in the artwork of many early civilizations. It's one of the many examples of a tool that was invented multiple times, in multiple places, as the need for it was so universal.
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