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World Origami Days

World Origami Days

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.

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.


World Origami Days Birds

Download the World Origami Days Poster (see right).


Go here for a list of events scheduled for World Origami Days. If you've got an event to be listed, email us at wod-info [at] We will add your information to the website and to the OrigamiUSA calendar.


Go here for some ideas on hosting a World Origami Days event. If you've got an idea you'd like to be listed, email us at wod-info [at] We will add your information to the website.


Go here to 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.


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

Photo Gallery

Go here to share your celebrations in our Flickr photo gallery.