This past year has been a particularly difficult one, and we hope that 2021 has good fortune in store for us all. As you may know, darumas are seen as symbols of perseverance and luck. They’re also the unofficial Powell Street Festival mascotThe eyes of the daruma are initially blank. They are meant to be filled in on one side when a wish is made and only completed on both when that wish is fulfilled. 

In the spirit of Powell St Festival, we encourage you to create this gesture of good will to your community, your household, and Paueru Gai. Fold a daruma with whatever paper you have and fill in one eye to make a wish for the future. You can place your daruma in your window, take your daruma around your neighborhood for a photoshoot, or fold some to send to friends and family so they can also make new year’s wishes! 

As part of our DTES Community Care Program, we have been presenting origami prompts promoting wellness and cultural connection in the DTES. You can enjoy them here:

Please share your daruma with us through Instagram by tagging @powellstfest 

Join the movement of goodwill and wishes this 2021! 

Click here to make your own daruma!

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