National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day is observed annually on March 13th. One often wonders how superstitions are passed on from one generation to the next.  There is an old superstition about opening your umbrella indoors and that it would bring you bad luck. National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day encourages you to do just that and note if you have any bad luck.

While umbrellas have been around for over 3000 years, the origin of the superstition is strangely obscure.  There is some suggestion that ancient Egyptians thought it offended the gods to open an umbrella where there was already shade.  However, the more modern version of the superstition would suggest bad things happening as a result of poor timing or inconvenience.

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Our research has found that this day was originated by Thomas Edward Knibb of Frederick, MD.  


Test the theory that opening an umbrella inside brings bad luck by doing so and noting any bad luck that comes your way.  You might reduce your risk of bad luck by opening the umbrella in a wide space versus a tight hallway to avoid knocking pictures off the wall.  And may we suggest giving those around you a sign of warning as well.  We wouldn’t want any eyes being poked out.  Use #OpenAnUmbrellaIndoorsDay to post on social media.

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