World Emoji Day | July 17
Mon Jul 17th

World Emoji Day

World Emoji Day and several of the world's symbolic icons for digital calendars are commemorated on July 17th. The day encourages us to use emojis to send specific messages.


There were emoticons before the emoji was used. Emoticons (emotion + icon) was created as an expression of emotion in the cold hard texts that were uninitiated of them.

Emoji, a Japanese word, roughly means "picture word" and was created by Shigetaka Kurita in 1990. Kurita will make these picture words a feature on their pages to make them more appealing to teenagers while working for NTT Docomo.

To nab the Japanese market, Apple's introduction of the first iPhone by Apple in 2007 had an emoji keyboard embedded into the phone. Although not intended for US users to find, they did and quickly figured out how to use it.

Every year new emojis (both emoji and emojis are acceptable plural forms of the word) are introduced. Emoji updates are available on all platforms and operating systems, according to the website. Over 1800 emojis cover more than just emotions. Emojis practically speak for themselves, from transportation, food, a collection of wild and domesticated animals to social media, weather, and bodily functions.

How to track world emoji day?

Emojis from Explore. If they are a student, send them to your friends. If they are it! To post on social media, use #WorldEmojiDay to post.

The world emoji day is the longest in history

Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge created World Emoji Day in 2014. Since its inception in 2002, the date of July 17th has been integral to the iconic red and black Apple calendar emoji.