Do you know that 17 July is celebrated as World Emoji Day? World Emoji Day celebrates the use of emoji. It also promotes the use of emoji, the ideograms and smileys used in electronic messages and web pages.
Emoji is the ideograms and smileys used in electronic messages and web pages. The word emoji comes from Japanese words e, meaning picture, and moji, meaning character. Emoji is like emoticons, the difference is that emoji are actual pictures instead of typographics. Emoji was originated on Japanese mobile phones in 1999, and gained a worldwide popularity when it was added to several mobile operating systems in 2010. As of July 2017 there were 2,666 emoji on the official Unicode Standard list. In 2015, the “face with tears of joy” emoji is named Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries, an online dictionary produced by the Oxford University Press (OUP) publishing house.
World Emoji Day was first established by Jeremy Burge in 2014. Jeremy Burge is the founder of Emojipedia, an emoji reference website. According to Jeremy Burge, World Emoji Day was set on 17 July “based on the way the calendar emoji is shown on iPhones”.
On World Emoji Day, users will communicate with each other solely using emoji. The celebration is also used by various brands to introduce new emojis. The winners of World Emoji Awards will also be announced. The categories are Best New Emoji, Most Anticipated Emoji, Excellence in Emoji Use, and Emoji of the Year. You could also celebrate World Emoji Day by gathering with families and friends and dress yourself as emojis. Serve them sweet treats that are inspired by emoji.
If you do not celebrate World Emoji Day, or you are not an emoji user, World Emoji Day is the perfect time to get to know the emoji, which has been a large part of today’s popular culture. Who knows, maybe you will find your favorite emoji!