10 February – Umbrella Day
Everyone is familiar with the sight of an umbrella. They’re there to keep the rain off on a blustery day, and there to protect you from sunburn on a warm and sunny one. There’s simply no day that isn’t a perfect Umbrella Day! But today’s the day to honour this ever-useful, ever-fashionable and essential piece of gear.
Just how long has the umbrella been with us? Long enough that it’s permeated every culture across the globe.
The oldest recorded collapsible umbrella appeared in 21 AD in Ancient China, but Qin Shihuang’s tomb revealed a terracotta army carriage that had a permanently open umbrella attached to it dating from 210 BC. They were also found in Nineveh, Persepolis, Ancient Egypt, and Greece, just to name a few. Needless to say, the umbrella has a long and noble history.