Emojis have worked their way into our hearts. It’s only right we give them a day to celebrate. Let’s dig into this World Emoji Day and the history of emojis.

There's no better way to celebrate World Emoji day that the kissing emoji sitting between two heart emojis.
World emoji day only comes around once a year. We have to celebrate our favorite expressions.
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What is World Emoji Day?

July 17th is a special day. It’s World Emoji Day! We can celebrate all our favorite emojis. From the present emoji 🎁 to the laughter emoji πŸ˜‚, we get to use them all and not feel bad about it. Do you know why we chose July 17th to celebrate this fun holiday? Let me give you a hint:


The calendar emoji we all love marks the date of July 17th. That’s the reason we celebrate World Emoji Day on this particular date. July 17th was written in the emojis, literally! Get out and spread the word of World Emoji Day with the hashtag #WorldEmojiDay. Add some emojis to your tweets, posts, or TikToks.

You can watchΒ The Emoji MovieΒ orΒ get shoppingΒ πŸ›οΈ for that unique emoji item. FromΒ comfortersΒ toΒ paper lanterns, you can find just about any products decorated with emojis. It’s the perfect way to celebrate World Emoji Day. πŸ˜„ Don’t forget about the song. Yes, there’s a world emoji day song! 🎡

Jonathan Mann created the World Emoji Day Song

Where Did This Holiday Originate?

Back in 1997, a company called SoftBank released the first set of emojis. 90 of our favorite emojis came into the world, including πŸ’©. A little while later, Apple and SoftBank came together to release a fresh emoji line for the iPhone Japan release.

The world of emojis slowly expanded. In 2011, Apple released an iPhone keyboard with emojis built-in, allowing people to use emojis everywhere. Social media grew to include emojis, and they officially added the word emoji to the dictionary in 2013. πŸ“š That’s how you know it’s official. πŸ˜‰

In 2015, Apple released iOS 8.3, which included different skin tone emojis. πŸ§”πŸ»πŸ§”πŸ½πŸ§”πŸΎπŸ§”πŸΏ This was a monumental step for emojis, and people, everywhere. In 2017,Β The Emoji MovieΒ premiered, followed byΒ Picture Character: An Emoji DocumentaryΒ in 2019. πŸŽ₯ Emojis have cemented their place in history today. Can you remember a world without emojis?

To check out a complete historical timeline of World Emoji Day, visit emojitimeline.com.

A girl holds up a poop emoji cookie for World Emoji Day.
Celebrate World Emoji Day in any way you can, from emoji cookies to emoji movies.
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How Can You Celebrate World Emoji Day?

It’s simple. Use emojis all day long. It’s World Emoji Day, not ‘world regular texting’ day. You’re going to the beach for a swim? πŸ–οΈπŸŠπŸΌ Feeling a little devilish? 😈 Who needs regular words when you can communicate everything through emojis?! VisitΒ WorldEmojiDay.comΒ to learn more about this fun holiday.

Let’s play a little game in honor of World Emoji Day. I’ll give you a string of emojis, and you try to decipher the famous word or phrase. I won’t make it too hard, I swear. πŸ™ Comment below and let us know if you can figure it out. Are you ready?

  1. πŸπŸ†’
  2. πŸ‘€β˜ŽοΈ
  3. πŸ“˜πŸ›
  4. πŸ§ŠπŸ§ŠπŸ‘Ά
  5. πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸŒ²πŸŒ²πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

That’s all I’ve got for World Emoji Day! I hope you’re out celebrating πŸ₯‚ and dancing the day away with your most-used emojis πŸ’ƒπŸ½. What’s your favorite emoji? We’d love to know. Add it to your comment below. Happy World Emoji day! πŸ₯³