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World Origami Day – November 11, 2022

While the origins of this celebration are uncertain, it likely originated in Japan, the birthplace of origami.

Paper was once a handcrafted item exclusively available to rich families. Wealthy families may demonstrate their access to such pleasures by using such an expensive material as simple adornment. As time passed and paper became more widely available, origami became a common component of family celebrations like weddings and birthdays.

World Origami Day was created to coincide with the birthday of Lillian Oppenheimer, the founder of the first American origami organisation. Oppenheimer, who lived from 1898 to 1992, was also influential in the establishment of the British Origami Society and Origami USA.

Origami is being used as a beacon of hope, with the custom of folding a thousand cranes being done for those in hospitals facing cancer, for instance.

Sadako Sasaki, a young girl, developed leukaemia ten years after the atomic bomb was dropped on her village of Hiroshima during World War II, inspiring this custom.She had read that a sick person who folded 1,000 paper cranes would recover quickly while in the hospital, so she resolved to try it.

Sadako only managed to fold 644 paper cranes before passing away quietly. However, her tale inspired others all over the world. They collaborated to construct the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima. Even today, children from all over the world contribute paper cranes to be placed at Sadako’s memorial.

HOW TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL ORIGAMI DAY: just a small step!

  1. Visit the library and check out some books on the subject. You’ll not only discover more about what origami has meant to Japanese culture over time, but you’ll also find some instructions for making your own.
  2. What better way to pay gratitude than to make your own high-quality paper origami and participate in the fun?
  3. Share the good fortune with friends who needs a smile.

If you don’t know how to make origami. Check out this video. “Wishing you all a happy Origami Day”

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