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International Kissing Day - July 6


July 6th is International Kissing Day. The goal behind the awareness day is to remind people to recognize the simple value of a kiss between friends, lovers, family, and even pets. International Kissing Day celebrates this enjoyable activity, and the part it plays in cultures throughout the world. It’s a celebrated day that many businesses, websites and social media sites tie in to for promotions of their products or services.

Kissing is associated with romantic feelings, but there are more types of kisses. In recent history, before it was common for people to be able to write, an “X” would be signed and then it would be kissed as a pledge to honor the signature. (|Could this be where the “X” symbol came to represent a kiss?)

A kiss on the cheek is often used as a greeting in some societies.

Watch a parent or a grandparent with a young child, and you’ll see tender kisses.

It’s an ageless activity. Research has found that 5% of people over the age of 45 are locking lips at least 31 times a week.

According to a book by Michael Penn called Kissing Christians, “Early Christians kissed one another in highly specific settings that distinguished them from the non-Christian population. The earliest Christian reference to the ritual kiss is at the end of I Thessalonians: ‘Greet one another with a holy kiss.’ The Christian ritual kiss or ‘kiss of peace’ was used during prayer, Eucharist, baptism, ordination, and in connection with greeting, funerals, monastic vows, and martyrdom.”

A study of kissing reported in the book The Art of Kissing by William Case found:

  • Passionate kissing burns 6.4 calories a minute.
  • A Hershey’s kiss contains 26 calories, which takes five minutes of walking–or about four minutes of kissing–to burn off.
  • The study of kissing is better known as philematology.
  • Lips are 100 times more sensitive than the tips of the fingers.


    Listen to an NPR interview on the science of kissing.

    Events are organized all over the world to celebrate International Kissing Day. Look for an event for those who have lovers and those who are looking for them.

    Perhaps your community will sponsor a “Kiss-in.” It lets you test drive a potential dates lips before you ever hook up with them for an actual date.

    Some places host kissing classes to teach students how to be the best kisser.

    If it’s a romantic kiss you wish to attempt, here are thorough instructions:

    On social media, use #InternationalKissingDay to join in the conversation.


    International Kissing Day was established in 2006 to focus on the kissing that takes place between lovers, and to celebrate the place it holds in our society.

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