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Umbrella Day
Special Interest
Don't Forget Your Umbrella!

When: February 10th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

In February its cold in most areas, so probably if you need an umbrella today it's not to shade yourself from the sun.  Today is a good time to find that umbrella in the closet or wherever it may be, and make sure your prepared for the next downpour.  If you don't have an umbrella, today is a perfect day to find the perfect one that can provide shelter from the sun during the warmer months as well as keep you dry during the rainy days.

Numbers

Every year over 33 million Umbrellas are sold in the United States.

Description

The umbrella is a wonderful invention and has been people from the rain and sun for over 4000 years.  It was first discovered in Asia but there are also drawings that show umbrellas in use in Greece and Egypt also. Back in those days, the sun was seen a more of threat than the rain, and so the device was used more to provide shade and shelter from the harsh sun rays of the day. The Chinese however are given credit for the first group of people to use lacquers and wax to waterproof their umbrellas for additional protection from the rain.  The first umbrellas in England were seen more as a fashion accessory and crafted with fine and exotic materials such as wood, whalebone and alpaca hides. Today Umbrellas can be seen all over the world and come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.

Interesting Facts

  1. The first dedicated umbrella shop in England was called "James Smith and Sons." It opened in 1830 and is still located today at the New Oxford Street in London, England.
  2. Hans Haupt invented the pocket umbrella in Austria in In 1928.
  3. Golf umbrellas are some of the largest produced, measuring between 60 and 70 inches.
  4. Made in China.  Most umbrellas today are made in China in fact one city in the country has more than 1,000 umbrella factories.
  5. The U.S. Patent Office has registered over 3,000 active patents on umbrella related inventions.

Information

Observed:
  • February 10th
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