Did you know that a folded paper crane is an international symbol of peace? But there is more to origami than just a bird. You can fold a flower, butterfly, angel, dragon and more intricate origami designs. Origami is a wonderful and fun pastime. Don’t forget Origami Day and share the delight of this ancient Japanese art.

Origami Day 2017

Origami Day 2017 will be on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Origami Day is celebrated every year on the 11th of November.

World Origami Days

World Origami Days are celebrated each year from October 24 to November 11. October 24 is the date of birth of Lillian Oppenheimer, the founder of the first origami group in America and also one of the founders of Origami USA and British Origami Society. Origami USA suggested in September 2005 to celebrate October 24 as a special origami day. Mr. Makoto Yamaguchi, the Origami House editor, reminded that November 11 is already the Origami Day in Japan. It was then proposed that World Origami Days (WOD) be celebrated from October 24 to November 11.

Origami Origin

Origami comes from the two words ori meaning folding and kami meaning paper. It is the Japanese art of paper folding. Origami started in Japan in the 1700s and became popular outside Japan in mid-1900.

But the origin of Origami is not in Japan, although the most extensive tradition of Origami exists there. There is evidence of paperfolding tradition in other countries like China, Germany, Spain and Italy.

Origami Day Celebration

Celebrate Origami Day by folding simple designs like the popular crane to complicated ones like superhero origami.

  • To know more, get a book featuring step by step instructions of making various origamis.
  • If no book is available, you can find many designs and video instructions in the internet.
  • Teach your children how to make an origami and don’t forget to make it colorful.
  • Write letters to your friends and fold the paper into the design you like.
  • You can use recycled materials like newspapers, gift wrappers or crisp paper bills.
  • Remember, you’ll never run out of origami designs!

Origami Day 2018

Origami Day 2018 will be celebrated on Sunday, November 11, 2018.