International Kissing Day

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International Kissing Day or World Kiss Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated each year on July 6.[1][2] The practice originated in United Kingdom,[2][3] and was adopted worldwide in the early 2000s.[1][4]

Another date, February 13, has also been identified as the International Kiss Day which falls in the Valentine week.[5]

The idea behind the International Kissing Day is that many people may have forgotten the simple pleasures associated with kissing for kissing's sake, as opposed to kissing as mere social formality or prelude to other activities.[1] Kissing can be an enjoyable experience in and of itself. It is an expression and experience of intimacy. International Kissing Day is not as commercialized as Valentine's Day.


  1. ^ a b c Teri Greene, "Give Some Lip To All You'd Like", The Montgomery Advertiser (July 6, 2007), p. D1.
  2. ^ a b "Grins and Groans", The Times-Press (Streator, Illinois, July 6, 2005), p. 4.
  3. ^ Smith, Joan (July 6, 2000). "Of mouths and men" – via
  4. ^ Kirshenbaum, Sheril (July 6, 2011). "International Kissing Day!" – via
  5. ^ "Valentine Week 2011 | Rose Day | Love | Celebration | Valentine's day". February 7, 2011.