World Emoji Day is celebrated annually on July 17th. This is an unofficial holiday established for the sole purpose of honoring glyphs used in electronic communications. The main thing distinguishing this holiday from others is that it is celebrated mainly on social networks, and not in the real world.
Emoji first appeared towards the end of the 20th century thanks to Shigetaki Kurita. He worked in Japan to create a mobile application. He was inspired to create the emoji by the icons used to show the weather. He came up with the idea to do something similar for communication in instant messengers and social networks. The first set of emoji consisted of 175 characters, each being 12×12 pixels in size. When emoticons were already actively used in Asia, they started gaining popularity in America. When Apple released iOS 6, the emoji keyboard became available to iPhone owners.
- The word ‘emoji’ appeared in the Oxford Dictionary in 2013.
- In 2016, 72 new icons appeared, including a popular emoticon – the facepalm.
- The most common emoji is now an icon – tears of joy.
- America has its own emoji author – Scott Fahlman. He came up with his first emoticon – a colon and a bracket – on September 19, 1982, around noon.
How to take part
On emoji day, chat in messengers and on social networks with icons. You can even go a little crazy and use them as much as possible. Throw an emoji themed party – think about appropriate decoration, outfits, and treats. Wear a t-shirt with your favorite emoji. Come up with your own or see which of your friends knows more emojis.
When is World Emoji Day Celebrated in 2023?
World Emoji Day is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy. It is observed on July the 17th each year.