World Emoji Day 2020 - Important Date, History of World Emoji Day, Facts & Quotes

World Emoji Day 2020 is celebrated on 17th July 2020 across the globe since 2014 to encourage all of us to use more emojis to send messages to your friends or family which helps the conversation be engaging and interesting. As all of us get lazier and busier day by day even during the lockdown, emoji comes to the rescue to help us save a conversation. Get more information about History of World Emoji Day, what is emoji, Facts & Quotes for World Emoji Day from this article.

Sheena | Updated Jul 17, 2020 13:06 PM

World Emoji Day 2020 - Important Date, History of World Emoji Day, Facts & Quotes

World Emoji Day 2020

July 17 is observed as the World Emoji Day 2020 across the world. World Emoji Day 2020 is celebrated all over the globe since 2014. With texting/chatting and social media platforms becoming insanely popular and an essential source for living, emojis have found a distinct place and are being used more than 5 billion times daily, reportedly. People find it much easier now, to express their emotions through these emojis so that the conversation gets easier and entertaining. And when you deny using emojis in chat it’s mostly considered to be that the person is mad, which is untrue. 

How did World Emoji Day 2020 come into existence?

World Emoji Day 2020 was founded by Jeremy Burge, the founder of Emojipedia, in 2014. The first emoji was created by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999, an engineer who used to work in a Japanese mobile operator company, NTT Docomo. Shigetaka Kurita distributed the 175-pixel emojis in Yahoo messenger which was the only medium to video call your close ones. In 2010, emoji became widely available to everybody on their mobile phones. 

Emojis are digital icons that are used to display an idea, emotion, feeling, or just to replace a word through electronic means. The reason behind choosing 17th July as World Emoji Day is simply because 17 July is popularly displayed on the Calendar Emoji, only Apple was using a calendar emoji with a date on 17 July. Hence, 17th July was chosen to celebrate World Emoji Day. Apple chose July 17 because it was when Apple introduced its iCal calendar feature for Mac back in 2002. Similarly, other platforms have added dates to their calendar emojis. Facebook Messenger uses 9th August as the calendar emoji as that was also their launch date. Twitter's emoji for the calendar shows 21 March because that's the date Twitter created its company. It used to show Twitter's launch date, which was 15 July, but that was too close to World Emoji Day's date, so they changed it to March 21. 

According to Bobble Artificial Intelligence’s (AI) data intelligence, smartphone users send more than 70 billion chat messages on a daily basis which includes more than 10 Billion emojis and 700 Million Stickers or Gifts. According to research, an overall 8% emoji usage has been increased as compared to last year and during the lockdown, overall emoji usage increased to 58%. Most of us probably already are familiar with emojis and to use them, like the classic smiley face, the red heart or the smiling face with tears of joy. Also, if you want to educate yourself about emoji, use Emojipedia to find out how people converse with emojis and what these emojis actually mean.

What are the most popularly used emojis?

Emojis are ideograms and smileys used in electronic messages and web pages. Some of the most popularly used emojis are:

  • Tears of joy (emoji)

  • Smiling face with heart eyes.

  • Folded hands 

  • Read heart

  • Crying face

  • Thinking face

  • Hundred percent emoji

How is World Emoji Day 2020 celebrated?

As emojis are a digital form of communication with one another, the celebration is primarily celebrated through the internet every day, the World Emoji Day 2020 tweeted a statement that encouraged everyone to get involved using the hashtag #Worldemojiday in every tweet that you share. They have also organized an Emoji Awards where you can vote for your favorite emojis in different categories including Best New Emoji, Most Anticipated Emoji, and 2018's Emoji of the Year and so on. Emoji fanatics also celebrate the day by hosting theme parties to dress up as their favorite emoji. 

Facts about World Emoji Day 2020

  • World Emoji Day is described as ‘global celebration of emojis’

  • Over 10 billion emojis are sent every day!

  • The birthday cake and pizza slice are the most popular food emojis

  • The word 'emoji' was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013

  • 3,304 emojis have been created to date, with new emojis created and released every year

Quotes about World Emoji Day 2020

My emoji vocabulary is pretty limited to, like, the smiling poop and the rainbow and a unicorn or something. - Bob Morley
I am emoji-heavy as hell. I would use the same emoji 140 times just to communicate how excited I am.- Frankie Grande
People are hard-pressed for the time but they do need to communicate. Emojis are here to help and make it smooth. - John McWhorter
Today's kids aren't taking up arms against their parents; they're too busy texting them." - Nancy Gibbs
I text nonstop, and I love emoji. I’m also on the phone quite a bit for work – probably more than 10 calls per day." - Evan Spiegel
Oceans of emotion can be transmitted through a text message, an emoji sequence, and a winking semicolon, but humans are hardwired to respond to visuals." - Jenna Wortham

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World Emoji Day - FAQ

1. When is world emoji day observed?

On 17th July 2020, World Emoji Day 2020 is celebrated across the globe since 2014 to encourage all of us to use more emojis to send messages to your friends or family which helps the conversation be engaging and interesting.

2. How to celebrate world emoji day?

Emoji fanatics also celebrate the day by hosting theme parties to dress up as their favorite emoji. 

3. Is emoji a word in the dictionary?

The word 'emoji' was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013 after emoji became widely available to everybody on their mobile phones.

4. Why is 17th July considered as World Emoji Day?

The reason behind choosing 17th July as World Emoji Day is nothing but simply because 17 July is popularly displayed on the Calendar Emoji, only Apple was using a calendar emoji with a date on, 17 July.

5. Who is the founder of World Emoji Day 2020?

World Emoji Day 2020 was founded by Jeremy Burge the founder of Emojipedia in 2014.