National Shade Day

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Hey there, shade-seekers! Get ready to embrace your shady side because today is National Shade Day! This peculiar holiday celebrates the art of finding the perfect spot under a tree or an umbrella to escape the scorching sun. Whether you're a vampire-in-training or just sunburn-prone, this day is dedicated to those who appreciate a little respite from the rays.

When is Shade Day?

It's national shade day on the 22nd July.

The Origins of National Shade Day

Oh, the glorious origins of National Shade Day! While there's not much information available about its internet history, it's safe to say that humans have been seeking shelter from the sun for centuries. From ancient civilizations to modern times, we've always gravitated towards shady spots to cool down and find some relief.

In our digital age, National Shade Day gained its online presence when people started sharing photos of their favorite shady hideouts on social media. Whether it's a picturesque tree-lined park or a cozy beach cabana, folks around the world contribute to the shade appreciation movement.

Since its inception, National Shade Day has become an annual tradition for many sun-weary individuals looking to celebrate the comfort and tranquility found beneath the sheltering boughs.

History behind the term 'Shade'


The Emergence of 'Shade'

The term 'shade' originally referred to a dark spot cast by an object blocking the path of sunlight. It is derived from the Old English word 'sceadu', meaning 'shadow'. In the 16th century, the term 'shade' started to gain traction and was commonly used to depict the obscured areas created by objects obstructing the sun's rays.


Symbolism in Poetry

During the Romantic era of poetry, the term 'shade' took on a broader metaphorical meaning. It began to represent darkness, mystery, and melancholy. Poets used the term to describe the feeling of being hidden or concealed, often associated with emotions like grief or despair. This expanded usage contributed to the cultural significance of 'shade' beyond its literal interpretation.


Jazz Age Slang

In the 1920s, during the vibrant Jazz Age, 'shade' gained popularity as a slang term among African American communities. It was used in African American Vernacular English (AAVE) to describe a subtle insult or sarcasm. Throwing 'shade' implied making indirect criticisms or disrespectful remarks, often disguised as humor. This usage eventually spread and became part of mainstream youth culture.


Pop Culture Resurgence

The term 'shade' experienced a resurgence in popular culture during the 1990s. It became particularly associated with the world of drag queens and LGBTQ+ communities. Featured prominently in the reality competition show 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' 'throwing shade' became a popular phrase for delivering witty comebacks and clever insults with style and sass. This cultural phenomenon sparked interest in the term, transforming it into a recognizable meme and part of contemporary slang.

Did you know?

Did you know? Seeking shade not only protects you from the sun's harmful rays, but it can also reduce the risk of heat exhaustion and keep you cooler in the summer heat!


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First identified

22nd July 2015

Most mentioned on

22nd July 2015

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