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Roald Dahl Day

Get ready to enter a world of magic and wonder on Roald Dahl Day. Celebrate the beloved author's imagination with fun activities and events!
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Get ready to celebrate the magical world of Roald Dahl on September 13 for Roald Dahl Day! This day honors the beloved children's author, who has captured the hearts and imaginations of readers young and old with his timeless stories such as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Matilda". Not only was he a gifted storyteller, but he also had a fascinating life filled with adventures and unique experiences that inspired his writing. So grab your favorite Dahl book, snuggle up with a cup of tea, and transport yourself to a world full of wonder and whimsy. Happy Roald Dahl Day!

History of Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day Dates

Roald Dahl Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1916</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Roald Dahl's Birth</div><div class='timeline-text'>Roald Dahl was born on September 13, 1916, in Llandaff, Wales, United Kingdom.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1961</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Children's Story</div><div class='timeline-text'>Dahl's first full-length story for children, "James and the Giant Peach," was published.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>"The Twits" Publication</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 1980, one of Dahl's most creatively imaginative books, "The Twits" was published.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Roald Dahl's Death</div><div class='timeline-text'>Roald Dahl passed away on November 23, 1990. His stories continue to inspire and entertain readers worldwide.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2006</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Roald Dahl Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first Roald Dahl Day was celebrated on what would have been the author's 90th birthday.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Centenary Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>Universal celebrations in schools and libraries across the globe marked Roald Dahl's centenary.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Roald Dahl 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'>Host a Roald Dahl themed party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends over for a party inspired by the imaginative world of Roald Dahl. Decorate with characters and quotes from his books, serve themed snacks and drinks, and even have a reading of your favorite Dahl story.</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'>Dress up as your favorite character</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get into the spirit of Roald Dahl Day by dressing up as your favorite character from one of his beloved books. From Matilda to Willy Wonka, the options are endless!</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'>Create a Roald Dahl inspired craft</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get creative and make a craft inspired by Roald Dahl's stories. You could make a dream jar from The BFG, a golden ticket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or even a paper-mache giant peach from James and the Giant Peach.</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'>Have a movie marathon</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends and spend the day watching movie adaptations of Roald Dahl's books. From Matilda to The Witches, there are plenty of options to choose from.</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'>Visit a local library or bookstore</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spend the day at a local library or bookstore and immerse yourself in the magical world of Roald Dahl. Pick up a new book or reread an old favorite to celebrate his legacy as a beloved children's author.</p></div></div>

Why Roald Dahl Day is Important

<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 celebrates the beloved children's author</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Roald Dahl is one of the most popular and well-known authors of children's literature, with classic titles such as Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The BFG. Celebrating Roald Dahl Day allows us to honor his contributions to literature and appreciate his creative genius.</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 promotes reading and literacy</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Roald Dahl's books have captivated generations of children and encouraged them to read. On Roald Dahl Day, libraries, schools, and families can come together to celebrate his books by hosting storytimes and book talks, promoting a love for reading and literacy.</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 encourages imagination and creativity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Roald Dahl was known for his imaginative stories filled with fantastical characters and worlds. On Roald Dahl Day, families can engage in activities that promote imagination and creativity, such as arts and crafts based on his books or acting out scenes from his stories.</p></div></div>

5 Whimsical Facts for Roald Dahl Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Roald Dahl was a Fighter Pilot</h3><p class='facts-content'>Before becoming an author, Dahl served as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II. His experiences as a pilot inspired some of his later work, including "Going Solo".</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Dahl Wrote Adult Fiction</h3><p class='facts-content'>While he's best known for his children's books, Dahl also wrote several adult novels and short stories, many of which showcase his dark and twisted sense of humor.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was Inspired by Dahl's Childhood</h3><p class='facts-content'>As a schoolboy, Dahl tasted test chocolates for the British candy company Cadbury. This experience inspired him to create the fantastical chocolate factory in his famous novel.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Dahl invented more than 500 words and character names</h3><p class='facts-content'>In his writings, Dahl has introduced the world to words like "Oompa-Loompa", "whizzpopper", and "vermicious knid", making his stories even more unique and captivating.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Matilda was Nearly a Wicked Child</h3><p class='facts-content'>The first draft of "Matilda" painted her as a wicked child who used her powers to benefit her crooked father's business. However, in subsequent drafts, Dahl transformed Matilda into the beloved character we know today.</p></div></div>

Roald Dahl Day FAQs

When is Roald Dahl Day?

Roald Dahl Day is celebrated on September 13 every year. In 2024 Roald Dahl Day will occur on a Friday.

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