February 10th is Umbrella Day.
This handheld canopy that gives projection from the elements has been around since ancient times. There is even an old reference to a collapsible umbrella dating back to the 21 B.C.E.
Umbrellas refer to ones specially suited to protect from rain. The word “umbrella” comes from the Latin “umbella or “umbra,” meaning shaded or shadow. An umbel is a flat-topped rounded flower such as the wild carrot and dill weed. The stems resemble the ribs of umbrellas.
The original umbrellas gave protection from the sun. They are more appropriately called parasols. Para meaning to shield and sol meaning sun.
The Chinese waterproofed umbrellas by waxing and lacquering paper parasols. This led to using different fabrics and materials to give better protection from rain.
A cocktail umbrella is a tiny paper parasol on a toothpick used to garnish tropical libations.
Modern umbrellas come is all different shapes, sizes, and colors. Some light up or glow, some have compasses — even coffee holders. What’s your favorite kind of umbrella?
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