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National Origami Day

Fold your way to fun this National Origami Day - get creative and make something unique with the art of paper folding!
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Celebrate the art of origami on National Origami Day on Nov. 11! This day has been celebrated since the mid-1900s to recognize the Japanese art form of paper folding. Its popularity has spread around the world, with people of all ages and backgrounds taking part in this fun craft activity. It's a great way to express creativity and let your imagination take shape through folding paper into amazing works of art. So what are you waiting for? Break out some paper and get creative with origami!

History of National Origami Day

National Origami Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>610</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origins of Paper Folding</div><div class='timeline-text'>Paper was first invented in China and the art of folding paper, later known as origami, started shortly after.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1600s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origami in Japan</div><div class='timeline-text'>The art of paper folding became an important part of Japanese culture, employed in various ceremonies such as weddings and tea ceremonies.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1725</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Origami Book Published</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first book on origami, "Sembazuru Orikata", was published in Japan presenting a comprehensive collection of paper folding designs.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1885</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Introduction to Crane Origami</div><div class='timeline-text'>The crane becomes synonymous with origami when "Thousand Crane Folding" was published, evolving the simplicity and beauty of origami.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1950s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origami Recognized Internationally</div><div class='timeline-text'>Origami reached a global audience with the works of Akira Yoshizawa, who is often called the grandmaster of origami.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of National Origami Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the mid-1990s, National Origami Day was established to celebrate and promote the art of paper folding.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Origami Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Fold an origami crane</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>This traditional origami project is a great way to celebrate National Origami Day. It may take some time and practice, but the end result is worth it.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make your own origami paper</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Create your own personalized origami paper by folding your own designs or patterns into a sheet of paper. Once you have the design ready, cut out the pieces and glue them together.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit an origami exhibit</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check out a local museum or gallery to find an origami exhibit from a renowned artist. The intricate designs and vibrant colors of origami can often be breathtaking.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Compete in an origami competition</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take your skills to the next level by competing in an origami competition. Local businesses or art galleries often host these competitions, so look around for one near you.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host an origami party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends over to make some origami creations! Have everyone bring their own supplies and then spend the evening folding and chatting about origami.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Origami Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's therapeutic</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Origami is a great way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Focusing on the folding process and creating something with your own two hands can help reduce stress and anxiety, while also providing a sense of accomplishment. Plus, it's just downright fun!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's creative</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>There are endless possibilities when it comes to origami - you can create everything from animals to flowers to abstract designs. It's the perfect way to express yourself creatively while also pushing your problem-solving skills to the next level.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a great family activity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Origami is an activity that both children and adults can enjoy equally. It's a great way for families to come together and have some fun bonding time. Plus, it's easy to teach even the littlest fingers how to fold with patience and practice.</p></div></div>

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When is National Origami Day?

National Origami Day is celebrated on November 11th every year. In 2024 National Origami Day will occur on a Monday.

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