There probably would have been no life without rain, and that’s why we celebrate Rain Day on July 29. Various people and cultures have celebrated rain and its life-giving power through prayers, arts and music, folklore, and more. Rain doesn’t just water our trees and makes the earth fresh and green, the first spells of the shower after a long stretch of summer brings us so much joy! If you are lucky enough to get some rain on Rain Day, head outside to dance, walk, or sing in the rain. Today is the perfect day to feel grateful for the lovely planet that we live in and its many miracles.
History of Rain Day
Rain Day is celebrated in some way or other in most cultures in the world, and this is a day that has been celebrated for a long time now. Records show that the first Rain Day was celebrated as early as in the 1800s. William Allison, a pharmacist, is the one who should be thanked for creating the much-loved Rain Day. Legend has it that Allison had a drugstore located on High Street, in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, and to him, it seemed that every year on July 29 it would rain without fail. The pharmacist grabbed the opportunity and declared July 29 to be celebrated as Rain Day every year!
Since then, Allison would also keep a yearly record of the rainfall on this specific date, and later his brother, Albert Allison started doing the same in the 1920s. The antics of these two brothers reached the offices of The Byron Daily and they started recording this mystical event which kept happening every year. The event probably would have remained small and local if it was not for a newsman from the area. In the 1930s, John O’Hara decided that he would send stories about Rain Day to other newspapers. As more and more people found out about Rain Day, the celebrations became widespread too. And today, newspapers and other media outlets often call up those in Waynesburg to find out if it is raining on this date. Of course, other people have started celebrating this date in their own ways. A very common way of celebrating Rain Day is by simply learning about rainfall and the importance of it, and spreading awareness about rainwater conservation.
Rain Day timeline
The British East India Company establishes the first meteorological observatory in Calcutta.
Scottish chemist Charles Macintosh makes the first raincoats in 1824.
NASA launches TIROS-1, the world's first successful meteorological satellite.
The Weather Channel launches in Atlanta, Georgia, in the U.S.
Rain Day FAQs
What is a metaphor for rain?
Examples of rain metaphors include “pouring rain,” “rain-washed light,” “rain dancing across the meadow” and “rain-soaked skin.”
What is a rainy day fund?
A rainy day fund is intended to pay for a one-time, smaller expenditure. It is a short-term, unexpected cost like a summer camp or getting a new bicycle.
What is a rainy mood?
A rainy mood makes you less irritable, tolerant, peaceful, and patient. When you’re feeling restless or annoyed, you are probably in a rainy mood.
How to celebrate Rain Day
Post on social media
You post a photo of a rainy day to your social media on Rain Day. Use the hashtag #RainDay to create awareness and ask your friends to post their favorite rainy day photos too.
Get cozy with your favorite book
There are only a few things more enjoyable than reading your favorite book as it rains outside. Rain days are the perfect excuse to relax with a book and a cup of coffee.
Sing (or dance) in the rain
Bring out your inner child on Rain Day. Get wet, sing, or dance in the rain. All you have to do is have fun as it pours outside.
5 Facts About The Rain That Will Blow Your Mind
Rain comes down at an incredible speed
The maximum speed of a falling raindrop can range between 18 to 22 miles per hour.
Raindrops can be heavy too
An inch of rain on an acre of land measures roughly 226,000 pounds.
Some places see never-ending rains
Mt. Waialeale in Kauai, Hawaii has up to 350 rainy days every year.
It doesn’t really rain in Antarctica
Antarctica receives little rainfall, making it the driest continent on Earth.
Rain isn’t always made of water
On other planets, rain may consist of sulfuric acid or methane.
Why we love Rain Day
A day to have fun
Celebrating Rain Day is as easy as taking a shower in the downpour. The day reminds us to loosen up, take a break from routine, and have fun.
It’s about the small joys of life
Rain makes all of us happy. Some of us love the smell of wet earth, while some others love falling asleep to the sound of rain - there’s something for everyone. Today is the day to enjoy the small joys that rain brings us.
It’s a life force
Rain brings us life. It waters the earth, replenishes our forests, and fills our groundwater. We must all feel lucky to be alive in this rainy world!
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