March 13 is National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day. It was begun by Thomas Edward Knibb of Frederick, Maryland in 2003. It’s said that he hoped to defy superstitions by having people open their umbrellas inside. According to one place I read, there are several theories as to how the superstition came about. The most popular one dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Back then umbrellas were used to protect nobility from the sun and to ward off bad spirits. It was considered disrespectful to Ra, the God of the Sun to open them in places the sun couldn’t reach. I suppose this makes as much sense as anything.
My favorite site that talks about how to celebrate this day is Days of the Year. They say:
Step 1: Find an umbrella and check that you are, indeed, indoors.
Step 2: Position yourself clear of breakable objects and/or people who value their eyesight.
Step 3: Take a deep breath, grasp the umbrella handle firmly with one hand and open the umbrella with your other hand.
Step 4: Note any bad luck that occurs in the following days or weeks.
Note: People who take part in this holiday do so at their own risk.
If you do inadvertently open an umbrella inside (and you are a believer in bad luck) you may ward off any ill consequences by doing the following: turn clockwise three times saying “positive things are happening to me” three times in a row and that will ward off any negative energy or bad luck. I do think however, the person giving this advice was doing so tongue in cheek.
Quotes about umbrellas
It is raining still… Maybe it is not one of those showers that is here one minute and gone the next, as I had so boldly assumed. Maybe none of them are. After all, life in itself is a chain of rainy days. But there are times when not all of us have umbrellas to walk under. Those are the times when we need people who are willing to lend their umbrellas to a wet stranger on a rainy day. I think I’ll go for a walk with my umbrella.–Sun-Young Park
Though it was mid-July, the morning was brisk, the sky a gray cotton of clouds, and Puget Sound a steely, cold blue. Most of Seattle grumbled, worn with winterish weather, impatient for the elusive summer sun. With umbrellas tucked away in the trunks of cars, sunglasses lost and separated from their original purchasers, the Pacific Northwest was a bastion of misty air and pale, complaining residents.–Courtney Kirchoff
An umbrella with many holes is better than no umbrella!–Mehmet Murat ildan
Monday is a sloppy umbrella day, which makes everybody a little blue.–Giorge Leedy
They want you to use a black umbrella; use yellow, use red, use green and always refuse the thing they want you to use! Refusal is often more honourable than conformity!–Mehmet Murat Ildan
He looked like the sort of person who would tell you that he did not have an umbrella to lend you when he actually had several and simply wanted to see you get soaked.–Lemony Snicket
A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.–Mark Twain
The mind is like an umbrella – it functions best when open.–Walter Gropius
Don’t let a man put anything over you except an umbrella.–Mae West
If you do not want it to rain, always carry an umbrella.–Andrzej Majewski
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