National Kisses Day

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Pucker up, buttercups! What was that? Lip balm? Check. Fresh breath? Double check. Well, that's good! Because we're about to delve into something smooch-worthy – it's National Kisses Day! Not to be confused with World Kiss Day, which happens in July, this charming day is all about the simple pleasure of a sweet kiss between friends, family, or that special someone in your life. It seems like a ton of you were leaning in for a loving kiss on November 6th, 2017 – seriously, we recorded a spike in online mentions, talk about a mass virtual smooch session!

When is Kisses Day?

It's national kisses day on the 6th November.

History of National Kisses Day

Now, the exact origins of this delightful day are a bit cloudy, like trying to remember a dream you had last night. But no matter where it began, the message is quite simple, 'kisses are sweet, so let's share more of them'. The day is, in essence, a wonderful excuse to express your feelings with a simple, timeless gesture to a loved one, friend, or even pet (no tongues, please!). Intriguingly, and perhaps not surprisingly for the romantically inclined, the most online enthusiasm for National Kisses Day was recorded on November 6th, 2017.

So, How Do We Celebrate?

Well, the clue is in the name - it’s time for kissing! People all around the world make a point of showing their affection by planting a gentle kiss on the cheek or lips of their loved ones. But remember, not everyone appreciates kisses. It’s important to always ask for consent before proceeding with your smooch-fests. This also extends to parents embracing the day by planting loving pecks on their little ones, or pet owners giving an affectionate scratch behind the ear followed by a careful kiss. And hey, even if you're not a big fan of physical affection, simply spreading love and positivity aligns perfectly with the spirit of National Kisses Day!

History behind the term 'Kisses'

6th century AD

Origins of the word 'kisses'

The term 'kisses' finds its roots in the Old English word 'cyssan,' which means to kiss or embrace. This word eventually evolved into the Middle English word 'kissen,' which still carried the same meaning. 'Kissen' was used to refer to the affectionate act of pressing or touching one's lips against another person or object as a sign of love, friendship, or reverence.

17th century AD

Introduction of the word 'kisses' in English literature

During the 17th century, the term 'kisses' became more commonly used in English literature. Poets and writers started incorporating the word 'kisses' in their works, often symbolizing love, intimacy, and desire. This period saw an increase in the popularity of romantic literature, making 'kisses' a recurring theme in many poems and stories.


First known reference to 'Hershey's Kisses'

The modern confectionery 'Hershey's Kisses' made its debut in 1907, but the term 'kisses' in relation to this chocolate treat was first mentioned in an advertising campaign in 1802. The Hershey Company advertised their products with the tagline 'Hershey's Sweet Milk Chocolate Kisses - The Candy That Is Fun to Eat.' This iconic name and shape, resembling a small chocolate kiss, quickly became associated with the brand.

Late 20th century

Kisses as a symbol of affection

As time went on, 'kisses' became synonymous with affection and endearment. The act of blowing kisses or sending virtual kisses through messages or texts became a popular way to express fondness and love. 'Kisses' also became a widely recognized representation of romance and desire, appearing in various forms of media and popular culture.

Present day

Kisses in popular culture

In the present day, the term 'kisses' continues to hold significance in terms of affection, love, and intimacy. It is often used in advertising campaigns, songs, movies, and literature to evoke feelings of romance and desire. 'Kisses' have also become a symbol of celebration and joy, especially during festive occasions. From chocolate kisses to blowing kisses, this term has amassed a rich cultural history and remains a cherished expression of affection.

Did you know?

Did you know that the world record longest kiss lasted 58 hours, 35 minutes, and 58 seconds? Thai couple Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat achieved this feat during an event organised by Ripley's Believe It or Not! Now, that's some dedicated smooching!


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First identified

19th June 2015

Most mentioned on

6th November 2017

Total mentions


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