Once Upon A Time…
Once upon a time, a long time ago (well, actually, back in 1991 in Sweden), a Storytelling Day was held on March 20 called “Alla berättares dag” (All storytellers day). In 1997, storytellers in Perth, Western Australia coordinated a five-week-long Celebration of Story, commemorating March 20 as the International Day of Oral Narrators. The ethos behind this event caught on around the globe, and now we celebrate World Storytelling Day on the March Equinox.
The aim of World Storytelling Day is to celebrate the art of oral storytelling, with as many people as possible around the world, telling and listening to stories, in their own languages on the same day. People taking part can link up with others around the globe who are also contributing – making it a truly international festival that creates new friends and promotes positive understanding of cultures around the world!
So, go on, sit down with your friends and loved ones and join the United Nations of storytellers on this day of celebrating cultural folklore and the art of oral storytelling! Why not spin a yarn, and pass down your stories to the next generation?