July 6 - World Kiss Day

Posted on July 6, 2020

The custom of kissing in greeting, in saying goodbye, or in expressing love is long and varied - but a lot less common during a global pandemic!!!

Here are some kinds of kisses:

Of course there is romantic kissing. This could be summed up with two lines from The Princess Bride: "Since the invention of the kiss there have been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind."

Kissing someone's hand can be a sign of courtesy, respect, admiration, or even loyalty. 

And kissing someone's ring is a declaration of loyalty or even servitude. As in, "I will serve you!"

Kissing someone on the cheek - or on both cheeks - is common in many cultures. It is common with greetings and to show either friendliness or respect (or both!). And it's sometimes more like brushing-cheeks-while-kissing-air!

Kisses on the forehead is generally a sign of affection but can also be used when comforting someone.

And kissing on the top of one's head is common for parents or grandparents to kids - the tops of their heads are so accessible! - but even among friends or mates often indicates a feeling of being protective, wanting to take care of someone.

Butterfly kisses are fluttering your eyelashes on someone's skin - or on their eyelashes. Probably a mom-and-child thing, mostly!

A nose-to-nose greeting, often between parents and children, is sometimes called "Eskimo kiss" - but that term is offensive to many. It can also be called "Inuit kiss," kunik, or nose kiss.

Blowing kisses is another sign of affection, and especially if performed from far enough away or via a screen, blown kisses are a lot safer than physical-contact kisses! You can even send a blown-kiss emoji!

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