National Cheeks Day

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Hope you've been working out because it's time to flex those cheeks! No, not those cheeks - get your mind out of the gutter! Today we're talking about National Cheeks Day, a day celebrated with the same level of quiet dignity as any other 'national day'. Yes, we're serious, it’s a thing, and no, we’re not blushing.

When is Cheeks Day?

It's national cheeks day on the 18th October.

Wait, What? National Cheeks Day

Suddenly finding yourself engulfed by a chorus of 'cheeky' puns? Don't worry, you are not alone. Our data suggests that you are among the 22 online mentions that lit up our cheeky radar on October 18, 2019. Yes, the internet has a penchant for novelty acts, and a passion for strange but strangely fun national days. A day dedicated to cheeks? Why not!

Cheeking into the Origins

The origins of National Cheeks Day are as elusive as a chameleon on a checkered carpet. Given the internet's fondness for the strange, it's no surprise that a day dedicated to cheeks would pop up like a rouge on a rosy cheek. While tracing back to its roots brings us to a dead end as far as conventional history books go, the spirit of the day lies within us – the internet citizens – as we cheekily celebrate treats, dares, giggles, and the pure joy of embracing the silly.

A Day of Full-Face Fun

This day encourages everyone to highlight the most pinch-able part of their face. Feel the wind in your cheeks on an open-top car ride or simply sit and admire the rosy cheeks of your loved ones or favorite animated movie characters. Whatever you decide, make sure you commemorate the day with a big cheeky grin. Because after all, what‘s more infectious than a warm smile from cheek to cheek?

History behind the term 'Cheeks'

16th century

The Birth of 'Cheeks'

In the 16th century, the term 'cheeks' originated as a colloquialism referring to the fleshy area on either side of a person's face, specifically the rounded portion that becomes more prominent when a person smiles or blushes. This anatomical term was derived from the Old English word 'ceoce,' which meant jaw or jawbone.

19th century

The Symbolism of Rosy Cheeks

During the 19th century, 'cheeks' took on a symbolic meaning as rosy cheeks became associated with health, vitality, and beauty. The presence of rosy cheeks was considered a sign of good circulation and robust well-being. This symbolism was particularly prevalent in literature and art of the time, where characters with flushed cheeks were often depicted as vibrant and attractive.

20th century

Cheeks as Symbol of Happiness

In the 20th century, the term 'cheeks' gained an additional layer of significance as it became associated with expressions of happiness and joy. The act of smiling and the resulting plumpness or dimples in one's cheeks were seen as indicators of a person's contentment and inner delight. This concept further solidified cheeks as a symbol of positive emotions.

Present Day

Cheeks in Pop Culture

In contemporary culture, the term 'cheeks' is commonly used in various contexts beyond its anatomical meaning. It is often employed metaphorically to describe other rounded objects or body parts that resemble the shape or prominence of the facial cheeks. Additionally, 'cheeks' has found its way into popular phrases and expressions, injecting a touch of whimsy and playfulness into everyday language.

Did you know?

Did you know that according to science, people are drawn to those with rosy cheeks as it’s often a sign of good health, justifying our inexplicable love for cherubic chubby baby cheeks.


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First identified

18th October 2019

Most mentioned on

18th October 2019

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