World Emoji Day

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2025 Date17 July 2025

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World Emoji Day History

World Emoji Day is an annual global event that celebrates the use of emojis, which are the small icons or digital images used to represent an idea, emotion, or concept in electronic communication. These icons have become an essential part of our daily lives, transcending language barriers and allowing people to express themselves more effectively in the digital world. The observance aims to promote the use of emojis and encourages creativity among users, as well as recognizing the widespread impact these symbols have on the way we communicate and interact with one another.

The concept of World Emoji Day was established in 2014 by Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge, and it has since gained significant traction worldwide including India. As one of the largest and most diverse countries in terms of language and culture, India has a strong reason to care about World Emoji Day. Emojis empower Indians to communicate with one another and forge connections despite linguistic barriers. They provide a shared conversation tool between speakers of India's hundreds of regional languages, as well as the widely spoken languages of Hindi, English, and Bengali. In a highly globalized world, emojis also assist Indians in interacting with international friends, colleagues, and clients easily and effectively.

In India, World Emoji Day is celebrated with enthusiasm through various events, promotional activities, and online campaigns that encourage people to use and share their favorite emojis. Major platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp join in the festivities, offering statistics or releasing new emoji packs for users in the country. Indians, well known for their love of festivals and color, embrace this unique way to connect with each other and celebrate shared experiences. World Emoji Day is celebrated annually on July 17th.

World Emoji Day facts

  • According to, the first phone known to contain emojis was the SkyWalker DP-211SW. It was a mobile telephone manufactured by J-Phone in 1997. It supported a set of 90 emoji.
  • Emojis are used by 92% of the online population daily.
  • In 2020, a survey conducted by Microsoft revealed that Indians are the most likely to use emojis to convey their emotions and express their feelings.
  • The most popular emoji in India is the folded hands emoji, which is used as a symbol of greeting, prayer, and gratitude.

Top things to do in India for World Emoji Day

  • Use emojis today. Whoever you text or message today, be sure to add in some emojis. They may even respond with some of their own.
  • Listen to Jonathan Mann's World Emoji Day Anthem. It is a fun tune written and produced by Mann that celebrates emojis.
  • Discover local eateries or street food places that can be associated with various food emojis and try those dishes, such as samosa, biryani, or gulab jamun.
  • Plan a visit to iconic Indian landmarks, such as the Taj Mahal, India Gate, or Gateway of India, and take photographs using related emoji props or costumes.

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