Every year on 10th February we honor this ever useful, ever fashionable and essential item by celebrating umbrella day

Everyone is familiar with the sight of an umbrella. They’re present whether you live in the hottest of climates or the coldest and wettest.

They’re there to keep you dry on a rainy day

A rainy day in New York City

And to protect you from sunburn on a hot, sunny day

Parasols on Çalış Beach

A brief history

The word “umbrella” comes from the Latin root word “umbra”, meaning shade or shadow. Brolly is a slang word for umbrella, often used in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

Parasols were used to offer shade from the sun more than 3,000 years ago in Egypt

It was the Chinese that first waterproofed umbrellas. They waxed and lacquered their paper parasols to protect them from rain.

They were mainly used as a woman’s accessory, until mid-18th Century, when English traveller Jonas Hanway bucked the trend. Despite initial mockery, other men began to use them.

Jonas Hanway walking in the rain with an umbrella – Photo Bettmann:Getty Images

The first umbrella shops was called “James Smith and Sons”. The shop opened in 1830 and is still located at 53 New Oxford Street, London, England.

Nowadays umbrellas come in all shapes, sizes and colours and are used in many creative ways…

A colourful and attractive way to shade a sunny street

A colourful canopy of umbrellas shading Çarşı 95 in Fethiye

The largest umbrella in the world is in China, Gansu Province, a safety feature to protect the roads and vehicles from bad weather.

A giant of around 23 meters in diameter and 14.4 meters in height – Gansu Province, China

There are umbrellas for those times when you don’t have your hands free to hold the traditional style.

One for the camera

One for just the camera
One to keep you dry too

One for cyclists

The hands free backpack umbrella 

Back pack brolly for hikers

Keep your pet happy and dry in rain, sleet or snow!

One for the dogs

Umbrella hat

A great way of protecting yourself form the harmful rays of the sun

Film fame

Umbrellas have been featured in many motion pictures, most notably Singing in the Rain (1952) and Mary Poppins (1964)

Umbrella gone wild

That fun moment when the wind blows and turns your umbrella inside out!

Umbrella gone wild!

Here’s one you’ll never have to wrestle with on a windy day

The helmet umbrella

How will you celebrate?

Go out and splurge on a new umbrella! For those of you who live in Fethiye, preferably one that you can use in the sun!