World Puppetry Day, comes every March 21. The idea came from the puppet theater Dzhivada Zolfagariho from Iran. In 2000 at the XVIII Congress of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette, (UNIMA) in Magdeburg, he made the proposal for discussion. Two years later, at a meeting of the International Council of UNIMA in June 2002 in Atlanta, the date of the celebration was identified. The first celebration was in 2003.
Union Internationale de la Marionnette International Puppetry Association was founded in Prague in 1929 the then Czechoslovak magazine Loutk was UNIMA s first official journal in years 1929 1930 . In 1981, Jacques Felix moved UNIMA s headquarters to Charleville M zi res , France . UNIMA is affiliated to UNESCO and it is a member of the International Theatre Institute.