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World Emoji Day 2021: Date, history and signifance

World Emoji Day: A list of emojis is published and approved by the Unicode Consortium every year.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
July 17, 2021 2:40:51 pm
world emoji day 2021The first emoji was developed in the year 1999 by an engineer in Japan. (Source: Pixabay)

Emojis have become a part of our day-to-day communication now. They have emerged as a popular and convenient way of conveying emotions, feelings, and reactions to those on the other side of our screens. Things that were difficult to express through written text have now become easier and on top of that, it has made texting much more interesting for everyone.

On July 17 every year, World Emoji Day is celebrated globally to promote the usage of emojis on digital platforms like WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Emoji is a Japanese word that means picture word. In the beginning, there were emoticons and now after emojis, the world is slowly moving to animated emojis, stickers, and animated stickers that make the messaging experience even more engaging.

History of emoji

The first emoji was developed in the year 1999 by an engineer in Japan. Shigetaka Kurika at that time worked in a Japanese telecom company NTT Docomo. After that, he created 176 emojis for the release of a mobile integrated service called i-mode.

emojis, emoticons, app, Stephen Curry, Moji Maker, social media, celebrity emojis, news, latest news, world news, tech news, international news Emojis help us express our emotions better. (Source: getemoji)

In 2007, a software internationalisation team at Google petitioned to get emoji recognised by the Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit group that works to maintain text standards across computers.

Later, in the year 2010, as the popularity of smartphones increased, Unicode finally standardised the usage of emojis. Since then, popular global brands like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter have started creating their own versions of emojis. A list of emojis is published and approved by the Unicode Consortium every year.


World Emoji Day was created by Jeremy Burge, also known as the founder of Emojipedia. In the year 2014, Burge announced that July 17 will be observed as World Emoji Day and since then it is celebrated annually. One more reason that it is celebrated on July 17 is that the calendar emoji depicts the date as its image.

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