National Selfie Day Date in the current year: June 21, 2017

National Selfie Day The type of self-portrait photograph called selfie has become so popular that the word “selfie” was included in the Oxford English Dictionary and announced as being the “word of the year” in 2013. No wonder that there is National Selfie Day celebrated in the United States every June 21.

Photographic self-portraiture is almost as old as photography itself. Photographers typically used mirrors to take their own pictures. However, the practice of photographic self-portraits began to really spread in the late 2000s and the early 2010s due to the emergence of mobile phones with high-quality front-facing cameras, as well as social networking services such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Initially popular with young people, selfies gained wider popularity over time. They have even been taken in space by astronauts, as well as by NASA’s Curiosity rover. Group selfies are becoming increasingly popular; a group selfie of celebrities orchestrated during the 86th Academy Awards by host Ellen DeGeneres became the most retweeted image ever (3.4 million retweets as of June 2017).

National Selfie Day was initiated by DJ Rick McNeely from Fishbowl Radio Network. The first celebration was held on June 21, 2014. The holiday quickly went viral, and it was decided to celebrate it annually.

If you want to participate in National Selfie Day, all you have to do is take a creative selfie and post it on social networks with the hashtag #NationalSelfieDay. The creators of the holiday also organize offline events in the city of Fort Worth, Texas.

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Category

Unofficial Holidays

Country

USA

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National Selfie Day, informal holidays, unofficial holidays, holidays in the United States