Let’s make it a fin-tastic New Year

Despite 2020 being far from ideal, here is to a fin-tastic New Year! New Year’s Eve marks a new beginning and a great chance to express gratitude to everything fortunate that has happened in the past year.

December 31st is widely celebrated around the world. It marks the end of the old year and the beginning of a fresh start. Many people treat this holiday as an opportunity to self-reflect and create resolutions for the upcoming year. In the evening it usually involves a countdown to midnight to ring in the New Year with your loved ones. As it is typically a night of celebration with family and friends, having specialty food is common during New Year’s Eve.

In Germany, fish dishes are likely to be found in New Year’s celebrations. The reasoning for this is because fish scales are round, much like coins. Due to their coin-like appearance, having fish is thought to lead to prosperity in the upcoming year. Additionally, dinner with fish is also considered a positive way to start the New Year as fish always swim forward, and this signifies how one should “always move forward” in life.

Traditionally, carp was especially fortuitous, with people even keeping carp scales in their wallets as a good luck token for your family. Nowadays, you can make any seafood dish that you desire to celebrate the New Year!

As it may be hard to locate a carp scale for your wallet, we have an alternative symbol that can represent a fantastic and fortuitous New Year together. Below we are sharing origami instructions on how to make a beautiful paper fish. It can be used as a festive decoration like a Christmas tree ornament or as a reminder to “always move forward.”

Wishing you the best, happy 2021 from all of us at Smokey Bay!

Preliminary fold

Take your square piece of paper and place the colored side of the paper downwards.


Make the paper more manageable by doing simple folds and creases.


Fold it on the diagonals. Crease well and unfold


Make the paper more manageable by doing simple folds and creases.


Fold it on the diagonals. Crease well and unfold

Fish fold


Take the top flap separate it from the rest. Make a squash fold by bringing the top flap over the right, and squash down to form a triangle. Flip paper over, make a squash fold on the other side, this forms a triangle.


Rotate the triangle vertically. Make sure you can see two tringles inside.


Fold the tip flap to the middle of the triangle.


Fold the flap again to the middle.


Unfold the flap. Locate the lower creasent.


Fold the lower flap to the located creasent.


Fold the top flap over the lower flap.


Turn it around.

You have a fin-tastic origami piece.


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