Let's get the world to fold! Celebrate origami by spreading the joy of paperfolding during World Origami Days, held each year from October 24–November 11, a 2-1/2 week celebration of the international community of origami!. Help us make origami as visible as possible: teach a class, fold on the bus, give your friends origami, exhibit your models. The possibilities are limitless, just as with origami itself.

This year for World Origami Days, we will be sharing one video per day from our new Video Vault. This page will have a different video posted every day of WOD—that’s 19 days to fold along with us. We encourage you to share your folds from WOD on social media with #WorldOrigamiDays23 and by tagging us @OrigamiUSA on Instagram and Facebook. We’ll be sharing your origami throughout the WOD festivities.

October 24 is the birthday of Lillian Oppenheimer (1898-1992), who founded the first origami group in America. She was also one of the founders of the British Origami Society and OrigamiUSA. A dynamic woman, she was delighted in the magic to be found in a piece of paper and wanted to share it with the world.

November 11 is Origami Day in Japan where the paper crane has become a symbol of peace.

Read about how World Origami Days came about.


Many origami organizations schedule activities for World Origami Days. If you've got an event to be listed, you can submit it to the OrigamiUSA calendar.


Celebrate World Origami Days by folding a sailboat with a celebration notice on it or a flapping bird with "Celebrate World Origami Days" on the wings in your native language. Download diagrams and templates for folding.

Social Media

Go here for some additional venues to help spread the news about World Origami Days.