There are as many types of kiss as there are people to pucker up, and who doesn’t love a good kiss? Whether it’s a quick friendly peck on the cheek between friends, or a long, passionate tongue-lashing between new partners, International Kissing Day celebrates this most enjoyable of activities and the part it plays in cultures throughout the world. If you haven’t shown your partner just how much you enjoy them, maybe International Kissing Day is your chance to remind them with a toe-curling kiss!
History of International Kissing Day
International Kissing Day was established in 2006 to focus on the kissing that takes place between lovers, and to celebrate the place it holds in our society. One of the most surprising things about this holiday is the research that revealed that 5% of people over the age of 45 are locking lips at least 31 times a week! Who would have thought that old fires burn so hot?
Events are organized all over to celebrate International Kissing Day, with events for those who have lovers, and those who are looking for them. Kiss-in’s let you test drive a potential dates lips before you ever hook up with them for an actual date, and kissing classes help you learn how to become an amazing kisser.
But romantic kissing isn’t the only place that kissing happens in our culture and society. Among the high society, it’s not at all unusual to greet with a kiss on each cheek, a tradition that heralds back to the Old World. Young children frequently get kisses from their loving parents, though it’s something that tends to fade as children get older.
Over all, kissing has played an important role in social bonding since time out of mind, and International Kissing Day celebrates them all!
How to Celebrate International Kissing Day
Well that’s simple enough isn’t it? Wake up in the morning and kiss your partner good morning, then greet your friends with a quick kiss on the cheek to show them how much you appreciate them. If you’re a bit more reserved, place a chaste kiss on the back of the hand of friends you hold in high regard. There’s a million different ways to deliver a kiss to those you care about, and they don’t all have to be romantic! So on International Kissing Day, pucker up every chance you get! Just remember the breath mints.
IT’S international kissing day and young and old are seizing the opportunity to pucker up for a peck or preferably a pash.
According to internet dating site eHarmony, research reveals we can all do with a little more lip service and need at least one kiss a day to maintain a happy relationship.
The research shows almost 30 per cent of married Australians need one “proper” kiss a day to feel satisfied and one in four Aussies refuse to go on a second date with a bad kisser.
One in five Australians will break up with someone if they believe they are a bad kisser and 43 per cent will kiss on the first date, to establish their potential partner’s kissing prowess – or otherwise.
Body language and kissing expert Katia Loisel said kissing boosted oxytocin, which was “the cuddle hormone” that induced connection and intimacy and reduced conflict and stress.
Well-honed kissing skills appeared to be more important to women than men, she said.
“Numerous studies have shown that women place more importance on kissing than men and use kissing as a form of mate selection, and a way to initiate, maintain and evaluate the health of their relationship. While a bad kiss can be a deal breaker, a fabulous kiss can be a game changer with studies showing that a good kiss can actually make you appear more attractive,” Ms Loisel said.
Bad breath, sloppy kissing with too much saliva and noisy kissing were among the things women found off-putting, she said.