Today is World Storytelling Day. The day is meant to promote oral storytelling worldwide. World Storytelling Day encourages people to tell stories in different languages, share knowledge and inspire people through storytelling.
Telling stories has been a major part of African oral culture and if you grew up in the 80s and 90s in Ghana, storytelling was a big deal. This was reflected in content shown on television, with the popular one being ‘By the Fireside’.
World Storytelling Day also opens up an opportunity to share cultures, build friendships, and bridge barriers that exist in various cultures and nations.
Every year, storytelling events are organized globally on a common theme. The theme is agreed upon by storytellers from around the world using the WSD Facebook group. The theme for this year’s World Storytelling Day is Myths, Legends, and Epics.
To commemorate the day, people are encouraged to organize storytelling events, share relevant information, including stories and photos online and generally share their storytelling experiences.
When was the last time you told or listened to a story? If you haven’t done that in a long time, join the worldwide storytelling experience and share some story time with family and friends.