One of our favourite days of the year has finally arrived – it’s world emoji day! 🙂

As you probably already know, Smiley which has been around since 1972, has a big part to play in the history of emoticons and emoji. So, while we open the bottles of bubbly in-house, let’s take a look at how Emoji Day is celebrated all over the world including a few fun facts and games to get you through another Monday in one piece!



World Emoji Awards

Today marks the main event on every emoji lover’s calendar – the World Emoji Awards! 🙂 For the past few months people from all over the world have been voting to decide which Emojis have topped the charts this year, in categories such as Best New Emoji, Most Anticipated Emoji, Most Wanted Emoji, and the coveted Lifetime Achievement award!

There’s still some time to vote today but time is quickly running out – the winners will be announced today so if you want to see your favourite emoji taking home the gold then act now! 🙂

Emoji Day Anthem

Did you know there is an Emoji Day anthem?! 😀



Created by Jonathan Mann to celebrate World Emoji Day last year, and complete with an impressive dance routine, this catchy little tune is guaranteed to be stuck in your head for the remainder of the day – so listen at your own peril! 😛


Speak in Emoji

July 17th is the perfect day of the year to express your feelings through emoticons! Why not trying posting a message to your friends on social media using only Emoji and see if they are cool enough to translate your post! Bonus points if they reply in Emoji too! 😉

Our friends over at publishing powerhouse 404 Editions went a step further this year, working with French TV celebrities Julien Tellouck and Mathias Lavorel to create two puzzle books for kids and adults of all ages! Combining Smiley’s huge database of over 3000 glossy emoticons, they have used them to represent popular film and book titles for you to guess the answer to!

We’ve taken a few of our favourites from the ‘300 Films en Emoticones’ book below, can you guess the names of the famous films just by these emoji? 😛 (Answers below if you are struggling!)



Emoji overload on social media

Over the years our talented Smiley artists have created and registered a whopping 3645 different emoticons, ranging from happy to sad, representing holidays, jobs, countries, sports, and just about anything else you can think of!

Since World Emoji Day only comes round once a year, it’s the perfect time to head over to our online Smiley dictionary and download your favourite emoticons to share with your friends! 😛

Or if none of our current emoticons tickle your fancy, you can always….


Create your very own Smiley!

That’s right! As part of our campaign to promote the awesome new Smiley Collectibles from Simba Toys we created an online app where anyone can use our terrific templates to create their very own personalised Smiley emoticon, then share with friends and family via email or social media on World Emoji Day!



Break a world record

Fancy becoming a Guinness World Record holder? Well this July 17th is your time to shine! 🙂

Emoji fans from Ireland, Brazil, UK, China, Russia, and UAE are gathering to try and break the World Record for ‘largest gathering of people dressed as emoji faces in multiple venues’!

Everyone showing up to take part will be given an emoji costume of their very own to wear and take home with them, including smileys, fruit, and everyone’s favourite – the mighty ‘poop’ emoticon! 😉

For European Smiley fans the event in Ireland will be taking place between 1.45pm – 3.30pm at the Millpond in Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin, so you still have some time to get down there to celebrate with other fans today!  

Did you know?

Since World Emoji Day is a relatively new celebration in the yearly calendar, we thought we would round things off with a few fun facts about how emoticons are used and celebrated all year round:

  • World Emoji Day falls on July 17th each year, as this is the date that was displayed on the first calendar emoji used on iOS (later used by other emoji sets from around the world)
  • The most used emoji on Twitter is 😂  Face With Tears of Joy according to EmojiTracker!
  • By mid-2015, half of all comments on Instagram included an emoji!
  • 🍑  Only 7% of people use the peach emoji as a fruit. The rest mostly use it as a butt or for other non-fruit uses!
  • ‘Emoji’ was added as a word to Oxford Dictionaries back in 2013!


Whatever you decide to do to celebrate World Emoji Day we hope you have fun and keep it Smiley! 😉




Puzzle Answers: 1. Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, 2. Jaws, 3. Twilight, 4. Home Alone ')}