Today! that is on the 6th of July, the world celebrates International Kissing Day or World Kiss Day.
We all remember our first kiss—it was completely exhilarating, probably awkward, and may have involved braces. But kissing is an age-old practice with significance that extends far beyond just romance. The act of kissing has many meanings and takes many forms—from French kissing and a formal kiss on the cheek, to a kiss hello and a kiss goodbye. No matter which type of kiss you prefer, International Kissing Day on July 6 is the perfect time of year to celebrate this simple but powerful gesture.
When is the UK’s National Kissing Day?
The UK’s very own national kissing day takes place on July 6.
It has been running as a British special addition to the kissing calendar for 14 years running.
The National Kissing Day organisers look into the nation’s kissing habits to find out the best techniques and worst mistakes us Brits have been making over the years.
When is International Kissing Day?
This year, the worldwide smooching day will take place on Friday July 6.
It was established in 2006 to celebrate lovers, and is now an annual event.
Many people take advantage of the day to pucker up to their significant other.
How to Celebrate International Kissing Day
1. Give someone you love a kiss
Whether it’s your significant other, your mom, or your best friend, remind someone how much you love them with a kiss. Just remember: even though you might want to kiss someone, it doesn’t mean they want you to be kissed by you—keep it consensual.
2. Snack on Hershey’s Kisses
Did you know that Hershey’s Kisses fit perfectly into your puckered lips? Although no one knows exactly why they’re called Hershey’s Kisses, legend has it they were named after the sound the chocolate makes when it’s dropping onto the conveyer belt. How romantic!
3. Kiss everyone hello on both cheeks
In many cultures (particularly French), it is common practice to peck people once on both cheeks as a greeting. Try it on your friends and colleagues. But pecks only, please—no tongue!
Why We Love International Kissing Day
1. It’s a full face workout
Did you know that French kissing engages all 34 muscles in the face, whereas a simple pucker kiss only involves two? Who needs the gym when a make-out session will get our hearts racing and our muscles working?
2. Kissing makes us happy and relieves stress
Kissing serves as a natural relaxer that makes us feel happy and at peace. By stimulating our brain to release feel-good chemicals, kissing makes us feel both calm and excited at the same time.
3. Kissing crosses language and cultural boundaries
Kissing is a cross-cultural form of communication that means the same things in every country—regardless of language, ethnicity, or religion. By kissing, you can communicate complex emotions without having to exchange any words with your kissing partner.
What kisses have become famous around the world?
V-J Day in Times Square, 1945 by Alfred Eisenstaedt
The picture of a sailor passionately kissing a nurse in Times Square to celebrate the end of World War II became an iconic image in US history.
The iconic image has since been re-enacted by couples thousands of times in Times Square.
Attempts to solve the mystery around the true identities of the couple also included Life Magazine issuing a plea for the couple involved in the photograph to come forward in 1980, receiving multiple claims.
After years of dispute, the couple in the 1945 image who won the nation’s heart was revealed to be George Mendonsa and Greta Zimmer Friedman.
Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson in Titanic
Jack and Rose’s passionate snog on the front deck of the Titanic was recently voted the best movie kiss of all-time.
The romantic moment between Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio’s characters takes place seconds after Rose utters the famous line, “I’m flying”.
The multi-Oscar winning film fought off stuff competition from The Lady and the Tramp’s meatball scene, and the smooch between Sam and Molly in Ghost.
Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding day balcony kiss
The royal wedding was broadcast to an estimate two billion people in more than 180 countries around the world via reports, photos and TV pictures in 2011.
One of the most heart-warming snaps was of the newlyweds sharing a tender kiss on the balcony, and was cheered on by a 500,000-strong crowds.
What was better is they did it again after the groom told his bride: “One more kiss? Go on, come here!”
The second, two minutes later, was longer, deeper and more tender and went on for 1.25 seconds.
Allie Hamilton and Noah Calhoun in The Notebook
Nothing beats a kiss in the rain, as actors Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling proved in The Notebook.
The passionate embrace comes at the point in the movie when Rachel’s character Allie is due to the married, but she meets up with her first love, Noah played by Ryan, before the wedding.
Tensions are running high as the encounter stirs up old feelings, culminating in the rain-soaked kiss.
Lovers And Rioters, Vancouver 2011 by Rich Lam
It was a kiss that caught the world’s attention, thanks to the tenderness of the moment with chaos raging around them.
Scott Jones, from Perth, and his Canadian girlfriend Alexandra Thomas were famously pictured kissing during the Vancouver riots in 2011.
The drama occurred when thousands of ice hockey fans took to the streets after the city’s team lost the season-ending Stanley Cup Final.
As the mania swirled around the town, Alexandra was knocked to the ground by riot police before Scott came to her rescue giving her a kiss that won the heart of thousands.
Britney Spears and Madonna kiss onstage during the 2003 MTV Video Music Award
The VMAs are never short of a few dramatic moments, and one of the massive talkers from the 2003 show was the kiss between pop queens Britney Spears and Madonna.
Not only this, but Madonna also landed a smacker on Christina Aguilera too, who was singing with the pair.
The steamy encounter would be later teased in the video for their collab “Me Against The Music.”
5 different types of kisses which represent different meanings
International Kissing Day was established in 2006 to focus on kissing and also expressing love. Different types of kisses are meant for different relationships. To mark this day, refresh your relationship with these kisses and show your loved ones that you admire them deeply. Take a look at 5 different types of kisses that represent different meanings.
We all have different types of people in our lives whom we love immensely like friends, boyfriend/girlfriend,husband/wife, parents, etc. We love all of them in a different manner which is why there are different types of kisses meant for our loved ones. When you get kissed on the cheek by a friend who you have a crush on, do you wonder if it was a friendly kiss or a meaningful one? On this International Kissing Day, have a look at these five types of kisses and what they indicate.
The Forehead Kiss-
A kiss on the forehead is a special one and it has multiple meanings. It means that the person does not only love you but also respects you for who you are. It can also mark the beginning of a relationship to express admiration. This type of kiss is meant for anyone, be it your friend, your parents, or your partner.
The cheek kiss-
When a person you have a crush on kisses your cheeks, what does it mean? It can be that the individual finds you adorable or cute or it can be a friendly gesture. In some countries, a small peck on the cheek is emblematic of some sort of greetings, either hello or bye. A cheek kiss can occur between two friends, companions, partners or between parents and children.
Kiss on the hand-
When someone wants to say that “I want to date you”, a kiss on the hand represents this feeling. This is a kiss planted on the back of a palm by someone who is attracted to you and wants things to escalate between the two of you. This move is chivalrous and is a gesture that your partner wants to move things forward. Your partner or your friend who has a crush on you is usually the one who takes this step.
A peck on the lips-
This means that the individual wants to express their love or admiration for you. But in this case, the intensity of the kiss matters to know the individual’s attention. While two people share a peck on the lips to express intimacy, sometimes parents also share this kiss with their children to display the emotion of love.
The French Kiss-
While we love a peck on the lips, a French kiss just makes things more serious between couples. This type of kiss demands a lot of practice and mastery as two people who are extremely passionate or romantic with each other share this kind of a kiss. It involves a lot of tongue action and intimacy between the partners for a kiss like this is a must. Usually, it is partners who share a French kiss.
Health Benifits of International Kissing Day
July 6 is celebrated as International Kissing Day or World Kiss Day. Kissing can be fun but it also has a myriad of health benefits. Kissing can help you burn a few calories, lower blood pressure and many more. Read on to learn more about the science of kissing.
Here are five reasons why a kiss is important to maintain overall health and fitness:
Kissing burns calories
Kissing is not only fun but it can help you burn a few calories and lose weight – too good to believe right? Of course, it’s not going to give you a result as good as that of your workout session though. According to researchers, a passionate and vigorous kiss may help you burn 2-5 calories per minute. Bryant Stamford, PhD, professor and director of the health promotion centre at the University of Louisville, told WebMD that a person might burn two calories per minute during a really passionate kiss.
Lowers blood pressure
Kissing gets your heartbeat revved in a healthy manner that helps to dilate your blood vessels, which may lower your blood pressure. This shows that locking lips also gives your anatomical one a good workout, helping you stay healthy.
Decreases stress levels
Kissing has been shown to reduce stress levels by prompting your brain to release a happy elixir of feel-good chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin – things you get from the rush of exercising. It decreases the stress hormone cortisol while unleashing chemicals that promote happiness.
Tones your facial muscles
A vigorous kiss can actually give you a good facelift. It helps you shape up and tone your neck and jawline by working out a number of facial nerves. The neck and jawline are the trouble spots for those concerned about looking older.
Relieves menstrual cramps and headaches
We have learned that kissing helps to dilate blood vessels. Hence, the positive effect of blood-vessel dilation brought on by a vigorous kiss session can help ease the pain. So kissing can be a great way to get relief from headaches or menstrual cramps.