World Smile Day

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World Smile Day
DateFirst Friday in October
2018 dateOctober 5  (2018-10-05)
2019 dateOctober 4  (2019-10-04)
2020 dateOctober 2  (2020-10-02)
2021 dateOctober 1  (2021-10-01)

World Smile Day® is celebrated on the first Friday in the month of October every year. The idea of was coined and initiated by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts. He is known to have created the Smiley Face in 1963.[1] The World's first World Smile Day was held in the year 1999 and has been held annually since.

Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation[edit]

After Harvey died in 2001, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation was created to honor his name and memory, with the slogan "improving this world, one smile at a time." The Foundation continues as the official sponsor of World Smile Day® each year.


The organization states that their goal is to "make as many people as possible aware of World Smile Day® by using the web, social media, and your help to encourage smiles and acts of kindness around the world."

World Smile Day® Events[edit]

World Smile Day® continues to be celebrated every year in Worcester with a hot air balloon, sidewalk chalk activities, and the worlds largest human smiley face. Additionally, world smile day is celebrated around the world[citation needed] by individuals, schools, businesses, and organizations trying to make the world a better place by delivering meals, making videos, and much more.


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