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Umbrella Cover Day

Umbrella covers—or sheaths, slipcovers, or sleeves—are made of the same material as the umbrellas they cover. Are they necessary? Do they serve a purpose? Some people think they have some importance, enough so that they celebrate them with a holiday: Umbrella Cover Day.

Umbrella covers protect umbrellas that aren't in use, keeping them looking new. They protect them from usual wear and tear, and from moths and other insects. They also are useful in transporting wet umbrellas. Beyond their utilitarian purposes, some people collect them, and there even is a museum, the Umbrella Cover Museum, on Peaks Island in Portland, Maine. It was opened in 1996 by Nancy 3. Hoffman. She also came up with Umbrella Cover Day, and it was first observed in 2014. It "celebrates the stories behind the cover, and encourages you to hold onto and dig out your umbrella covers from the bottom of drawers, the backs of cupboards and from, unsurprisingly, on your umbrellas, and to celebrate the mundane and everyday things in life."

How to Observe Umbrella Cover Day

Some ways you could celebrate the day include:

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