International Kissing Day

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2024 Date6 July 2024
2025 Date6 July 2025

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International Kissing Day History

International Kissing Day is a global celebration that promotes the act of kissing for its physical and emotional benefits. The observance encourages people to practice and appreciate different types of kisses, ultimately emphasizing human connection, harmony, and affection. It serves as a reminder of the significance of this simple yet powerful gesture in fostering and maintaining relationships while acknowledging its role in breaking down barriers and connecting people across cultures.

The origin of International Kissing Day dates back to 2006 when it was first established in the United Kingdom. Since then, this observance has grown in popularity and is now marked across different countries worldwide. For the people in the United Kingdom, this day is particularly special as it aims to bring love, warmth, and appreciation to the forefront of daily life in an increasingly fast-paced society. It encourages both intimacy and platonic expressions of appreciation, playing a vital role in building stronger bonds with loved ones and connecting with those around us.

In the United Kingdom, International Kissing Day is observed in various ways, including sharing affectionate kisses with friends, family, and partners to strengthen relationships and enhance emotional well-being. Social media platforms are also used to spread awareness, with users sharing photographs and stories of their favourite kissing moments. Additionally, some communities may host events such as kissing booths or workshops highlighting the art and history of kissing. International Kissing Day is celebrated on July 6th annually, providing an opportunity for individuals across the United Kingdom to take part in this global observance and cherish the power and beauty of a simple kiss.

International Kissing Day facts

  • According to healthline, kissing releases the chemical oxytocin in your brain which is linked to pair bonding. It stimulates feelings of affection and attachment when kissing. Oxytocin has also been shown to decrease anxiety and increase relaxation.
  • An average kiss lasts more than 12 seconds, while in the 1980s an average kiss lasted a mere 5.5 seconds.
  • A normal kiss burns 6.4 calories per minute, while a passionate kiss can burn up to 20 calories per minute.
  • In 2010, a UK study was conducted to examine the Lipstick Effect, a phenomenon in which women spend more on their appearance during times of economic crisis. Researchers found that sales of lipstick increased by 30% during National Kissing Day that year.
  • Traditional British etiquette dictates that when kissing someone as a greeting, one should not make direct lip contact with the other person's cheek. Instead, a gentle, air kiss is more appropriate.

Top things to do in the UK for International Kissing Day

  • Kiss your partner! Kissing can increase the romantic bond between you and your partner, so plan a romantic evening and go for it.
  • Kiss your friends and family! Kissing typically carries the connotation of romance, however in some cultures kissing is a sign of friendship and kinship. A peck on the cheeks, or even the lips is used as a greeting and a sign of a greater bond.
  • Consider visiting romantic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower statue in London or the Kissing Gates, two traditional gates placed close together, in Yorkshire.
  • Enjoy a candlelit dinner at a romantic restaurant, such as London's famous Sketch or the Michelin-starred L'Enclume in Cumbria.

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