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International Kissing Day 2020: Purpose, history and amazing facts about kissing

International Kissing Day 2020: The first on-screen kiss was shot in 1896 in a 30-second movie called The May Irwin-John C.

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International Kissing Day 2020: Purpose, history and amazing facts about kissing
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International Kissing Day is observed on July 6 annually. The day for simple yet powerful gesture originated from the United Kindom and spread across the globe. Kissing is often considered as romantic and a healthy practice.

Purpose of International Kissing Day:

This fun day is all about showing love to the loved ones. International Kissing Day is a worldwide celebration of a humble kiss in various forms. It is also considered as healthy as it transfers about 80 million bacteria between two mouths. Each kiss introduces new bacteria to the body which strengthens the immune system of both the person involved in the kissing.

History of International Kissing Day:

The person who founded this day is not known. However, it is believed that kissing day originated from the United Kingdom. Romans are responsible for the widespread of kissing practice in Europe. According to National Today, in Roman society, when, where, and how you kissed someone was an important indicator of social status.

The main idea behind it was that so many people have forgotten the simple pleasures associated with kissing for kissing’s sake, as opposed to kissing as a mere social formality. Kissing can be an enjoyable experience in and of itself and is an expression of love and intimacy.

Modern Anthropologists believe that kissing developed from “Eskimo kissing”, which is the practice of rubbing noses to take in each others breath. This is also practiced amongst many Pacific Islanders as a greeting, which has led to the theory that kissing is a testing of another person’s odour to check compatibility.

Amazing facts about Kissing:

  • The first on-screen kiss was shot in 1896 in a 30-second movie called The May Irwin-John C. Rice Kiss, which only consisted of a shot showing a man and a woman kissing.
  • The UK record for the longest kiss was set on 6–7 July 2005. The kiss lasted for 31 hours and 30 minutes
  • The science of kissing is called philematology.
  • According to studies, around two-thirds of people tip their head to the right while kissing. It’s said that the preference develops in the womb.
  • The longest kissing chain was achieved by 351 participants at an event organized by Jiayuan.com in Beijing, China, on 11 November 2011.
  • Vedic Sanskrit text dating back to 1,500 BC has a written reference to kissing.
  • The text KamaSutra is said to list around 30 different types of kissing.

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