World Emoji Day Date in the current year: July 17, 2016

World Emoji Day World Emoji Day is an informal annual celebration of emojis, small pictographs widely used in electronic messages and on Web pages. The holiday is celebrated on July 17.

Emojis originated in Japan. They are similar to emoticons, however emojis can represent not only emotions but also various objects. They were originally only available in their home country, but in 2011 Apple included an emoji set into its iOS operating system, making emojis popular worldwide.

World Emoji Day is celebrated on July 17 because this date is displayed on the iOS Calendar Emoji. It should be noted that Twitter Calendar Emoji for desktops displays the date July 15 (the day Twitter was launched). That is why July 15 is sometimes referred to as Fake World Emoji Day. Don't forget that the real holiday is celebrated two days later.

World Emoji Day is run by Emojipedia, a website that explains the meanings of emoji characters. It is very easy to join the celebration: all you have to do is tweet your favorite emojis and add the hashtag #WorldEmojiDay to spread the word.

Besides, companies around the world launch their own campaigns to promote the day. For example, in 2015 Emojipedia launched #EmojiVote as an exercise in emoji democracy.

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