Monday, 6 July 2015

Significance of International Kissing Day

The International Kissing Day is celebrated on July 6 every year. Initially, it used to be observed in the United Kingdom. Since its widespread celebration across the globe, it is also called as National Kissing Day or simply a Kissing Day in some countries as well. This day is constituted to appreciate a kiss on its own right. It is customary to give kisses on various social occasions since the dawn of civilizations on our planet. No conventions or social norms associated with this expression of love and affection between individuals. This is the reason why the coiners of this day have decided to highlight the social relevance of this act, which is mostly done in the privacy of the homes.

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Act of Kissing

The concept of kissing is followed everywhere on this planet. It is present in the minds of people from the time immemorial. We can find the instances of expression of love through kiss between the individuals in various works from different parts of the world. In the western countries, it is expressed more publicly during the course of normal dealings with the people, irrespective of caste, religious affiliation and sex. In the eastern countries, this expression of love is limited due to the conservative nature of the society.  Irrespective of small differences and the prevalence, it can be seen in different forms in the society. Therefore, it has many meanings. Thus we have first, formal, goodbye and passionate kisses.

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Observance of Kissing Day

This day is observed to make people appreciate a kiss in its own right. Across the globe, we plant the kiss on the cheek of an individual after embracing him tightly. As part of this day, the competitions are held to record the longest kiss. It was started in the Year 2005.  The first edition of this competition recorded the longest kiss at 31 hours and 30 minutes. Later this record was broken by Nikola Matovic and Kristina Reinhart during a similar competition on the eve of Valentine’s Day in 2009.  The duo had set a new record of just over 32 hours. Are you excited about these competitions? If yes, you can get some kissing tips from a friend before jumping into the fray. Or else, you can delve into the art of kiss and love making by glancing through the kissing guides that proclaim the affectionate kiss of a world’s greatest kisser.

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Kissing Competitions

With the successful holding of kissing competitions on the sidelines of the International Kissing Day in the year 2005 and 2009, many couples came forward with the desire of breaking the existing record. On February 13, 2011, a Thai couple – Ekkachai and Laksana Tirannarat – locked their lips for a record period of time spanning as many as 46 hours and 24 minutes.  In a similar event in 2012, another Thai couple – Nonthawat Charoenkaesornsin and Thanakorn Sitthiamthong - kissed their way to the title in Pattaya, Thailand.  Not wanting to lag behind, the previous record holding couple Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat again locked their lips to walk back to the glory of longest kiss in February 2013. The couple locked their lips for a record period of 58 hours 35 minutes and 58 seconds!!

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