World Emoji Day
Today is World Emoji Day 🙂! It is a day to celebrate all emojis and to use and spread the enjoyment of their use to others. July 17 was chosen for the date of the holiday because the 📅 calendar emoji has that date on it. The calendar has July 17 on it because it was on that date in 2002 that iCal for Mac was announced. World Emoji Day was created in 2014 by Jeremy Burge, the founder of Emojipedia, a site that keeps track of all emojis and their definitions.
Events take place around the world on the day. World Emoji Awards have been held, where votes have been counted for Best New Emoji, Most Anticipated Emoji, Excellence in Emoji, and Emoji of the Year. Some celebrants have emoji parties, where they dress as their favorite emoji characters and bake emoji cakes. In the past, companies have used the day to start promotions related to emojis and to host emoji events. The Empire State Building has even been lit yellow for the day.
According to emojipedia.org, an emoji is "a standardised set of characters that is available on iOS, Android, Windows and macOS. While the artwork for each emoji character varies by platform, the meaning of each symbol remains the same." As of March 2019, there were 3,019 emojis. They are part of the Unicode Standard, which is updated when platform vendors—like Apple, Google, and Microsoft—or app vendors—like Facebook or Twitter—put emojis out. Some of the most popular emojis are 😂 Face With Tears of Joy, ❤️ Red Heart and 😍 Smiling Face With Heart-Eyes. On World Emoji Day, we celebrate these emojis and many more!
How to Observe
Here are a few ideas 🤔💡 on how to celebrate the day:
- Use only emojis for all of your digital communications today.
- Check out some World Emoji Day events 🎫 happening around the world.
- Host an emoji party 🎉🎈. Have everyone dress up as their favorite emoji characters and bake some emoji cakes 🎂.
- Explore some emojis at Emojipedia.
- Share your favorite emojis on social media. Be sure to include #WorldEmojiDay in your post.
- Check out the World Emoji Day Facebook page.
- Vote and see who wins this year's World Emoji Awards 🏆.