National Kissing Day

National Kissing Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on June 22nd. The purpose of this holiday is to celebrate the act of pressing one’s lips against another person’s lips, body part, or even an inanimate object. Although the connotations behind this act may vary from one culture to another, a kiss usually signifies love or passion, sexual attraction, affection, peace, good luck, or even respect.

All of these are valid ways that kissing is used around the world. Kissing has been a part of human culture for thousands of years and will probably continue well into the future. And that’s why there are now several holidays celebrating this act, including this holiday we’re going to learn about today.

The History Of National Kissing Day

Finding a source for the origins of National Kissing Day is difficult. The earliest reference to this holiday that we can find is 2002, and the reference we found was actually in a British soap opera from June of 2002. Since they referenced this holiday in that soap opera, we have to assume that the holiday actually predates that date.

We just can’t even references to it, so we don’t know who invented it or the purpose behind the creation of this holiday. Someday the holiday might show up on our radar, but until it does, we’re all just going to have to be satisfied with the fact that this holiday was created sometime before 2002.

Some Fun Facts About Kissing

We thought long and hard about it and we realized that a fun addition to this holiday article for National Kissing Day would be a section listing some of the fun facts about kissing that we’ve learned. So we gathered everything we knew about kissing and listed these facts below.

  • Did you know that kissing can lower blood pressure and reduce a person’s stress?
  • Kissing a person on the cheek is a traditional greeting that can be found in some cultures.
  • The ancient Romans had 3 different words for kissing. Osculum was a friendly kiss, Basium was a kiss on the lips, and Savium was a passionate kiss.
  • The average person will spend 20,160 minutes of their life kissing.

Observing National Kissing Day

This is a great day to kiss a loved one just because you love them and they’re themselves. It’s also an excellent day to share the story of your first kiss with your kids or other loved ones or to watch movies about kissing. There are a ton of movies that focus on kissing.

These include The Notebook (2004), Titanic (1997), Spider Man (2002), Ghost (1990), and Gone With the Wind. Our favorite though is probably The Princess Bride (1987). After all, since the invention of the kiss, there have only been 5 kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. That kiss between Westley and Buttercup left them all behind.

Of course, there are other ways to observe this holiday. People can take the time to peruse the Fun Facts About Kissing that we listed above. We worked hard on those facts and it would be a shame if our loyal readers didn’t at least take a few seconds out of their day to look at them. After they finish doing that, they can then spread the word about National Kissing Day all over the Internet using the hashtag #NationalKissingDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2023)
June 22 Thursday
Next year (2024)
June 22 Saturday
Last year (2022)
June 22 Wednesday
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