Opening Umbrellas Indoors: Bad Luck or an Ancient Hoax?

It’s officially Halloween, also known as the day when people of all ages have an excuse to dress up, party and eat lots of candy. 

It’s also a day for sharing spooky stories and superstitions. A few we’ve all heard before: Don’t walk under ladders, toss salt over your shoulder if it spills, don’t break a mirror unless you want seven years of bad luck... And then there’s the classic: “Don’t open an umbrella inside; it’s bad luck.” But have you ever wondered why?

Some sources say that this household superstition has roots dating back to ancient Egypt and the pharaoh’s sunshades. It was believed that opening theses away from the sun was disrespectful to the sun god

But a more practical reason is also behind this bad-luck phenomenon. When the umbrella was first made, its design was not the safest and easiest to use. Opening the metal contraptions indoors was simply a higher risk of injury. We’ve definitely come a long way since then – there’s no need to worry about our trusty umbrellas hurting us (we can speak for Weatherman, at least)!

Isn’t it funny how beliefs back in history are still held up in modern-day society? Whether you believe in this particular superstition or not, it’s safe to say that you can always take your Weatherman anywhere you like. 

Happy Halloween!

By Kayla Pascual

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