This year marks the seventh annual World Emoji Day, where people all over the world come together to share their love for and promote the use of emojis.
Here’s a bit of history:
World Emoji Day was created by Jeremy Burge (creator of Emojipedia) as an unofficial holiday celebrated on the 17th July.
Why the 17th you may ask? Well, the number 17 is the most common date used on the calendar emoji on iPhone. In it’s seventh year, World Emoji Day has been celebrated since 2014.
This annual event also coincides with the day that Apple announces all upcoming expansions to its emoji packs.
Last year, the emoji creators have released options that include more gender-neutral alternatives, a wider range of skin tones as well as representation of accessibility like mechanical limbs, hearing aids, etc.
We can’t wait to see what the 2020 emoji updates bring!