National Day of Puppetry is celebrated on the fourth Saturday in April every year, which falls on April 22 this year. Puppetry is an ancient art, and one of the earliest forms of visual entertainment. Puppetry was limited to theater till the beginning of the 20th century, after which it started entering mainstream media. Puppeteering is difficult to master, with puppeteers keeping their tricks a secret.
History of National Day of Puppetry
Eugene Lambert was a man with a vision, and passion for puppetry. Also known as the father of Irish puppetry, he owned the Lambert Puppet Theater in Monkstown, Dublin. He was only eight years old when he created his first puppet and became an expert ventriloquist in his teenage years. A lot of modern puppetry stems from Lambert’s work.
Till the 20th century, puppets were an enigma. Mystifying and entertaining crowds, no one knew just how the puppets performed so seamlessly, This changed when some puppeteers, notably Tony Sarg, started revealing the secrets behind puppets, and widely sharing the information about puppeteers. This led to the creation of the Puppeteers of America in 1937. Fast forward to the present time, and puppets continue to have a foothold in entertainment that is unparalleled. They continue to be a staple in theater, stage performances, and movies, and even appear in memes.
The National Day of Puppetry has been observed annually since 1999 on the fourth Saturday in April. The day is spearheaded and presented by the Puppeteers of America. The idea for a yearly celebration was pitched to a presidents’ guild by Carol Fijan at one of the festivals hosted by the Puppeteers of America. She envisioned a day when puppets would grace every street and spread joy through their lively antics.
National Day of Puppetry timeline
Puppetry dates back to Ancient Greece, where it is used in theater.
The International Puppetry Association is established in Prague.
The popularity of puppets leads to the creation of Puppeteers of America.
Jim Henson creates the franchise “The Muppets.”
National Day of Puppetry FAQs
Who is the father of puppetry?
Eugene Lambert is the father of puppetry in Ireland. His dedication to this art helped it evolve and spread in the entertainment industry.
Who is the most famous puppet?
Kermit the Frog is considered the most popular puppet of all time.
Where is puppetry famous?
Puppetry is a go-to form of entertainment in many areas of India, such as Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu.
National Day of Puppetry Activities
Catch a puppet show
Check your local area for events and acts featuring puppets. It is a unique experience that everyone enjoys.
Create your puppet
Find a D.I.Y. on Pinterest or any other blog. Learn to create your puppet!
Stage your own puppet show
A great activity, for kids especially, is creating a puppet show. Kids can be joined by their friends and have this fun activity that is also a learning experience.
5 Types Of Puppets That Are Most Popular
Finger puppets are easy to make and are placed on the finger to make them move.
A step up from the finger puppet, a sock puppet is worn as a glove and is animated by moving the thumb acting as a character’s jaw.
Similar to a sock puppet, but uses all fingers to work the puppet.
A puppet appears when a cone with a rod is pushed up, revealing the puppet.
The arms and legs of a puppet are attached to a string, which is used to make the puppet move.
Why We Love National Day of Puppetry
Puppets are a form of art
Puppets have been entertaining the masses for centuries now. We love holidays that focus on forms of art!
We learn about puppets
It’s something that most of us don’t think too much about, but on a dedicated day such as National Day of Puppetry, learn about the tricks and trade of puppeteers. We love this!
Puppets are funny
Anything can be fun with a puppet. We love that delightful entertainment!
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