Paper is central to some of the world’s oldest traditions that continue to be practiced today. Moreover, there are artists
who create highly intricate sculptures out of paper.
Let’s explore some traditions around the globe where paper is at its core. In Japan during the Tanabata festival one particular custom is to write one’s wishes on a colourful piece of paper, called ‘tanzaku’, and hang them on a bamboo tree. These are then often burned after the festival in the hope that the wishes come true. Dating back to the 18th century, in certain regions of Germany it is customary to gift a child with a large paper cone filled with presents such as sweets and toys on their first day of school, known as ‘Schultüte’. The idea is to make this big day sweeter.
In France and Italy a traditional prank for children to play on April 1 is the ‘Aprils Fish Day’. The goal is to try to pin a paper fish on an unsuspecting friend’s back. Did you know that there are artists who experiment different techniques
to fold paper? Have you ever tried your hand at Origami? It has become an ever-increasing popular activity for people of all ages. Find our more here.
Source and Credit – Newsflash by Intergraf