How did it come into being?
By definition, a kiss is a “[sanft] depressing touch with the [slightly pointed, slightly opened] lips (as a sign of affection or adoration, for greeting or the like)”. But why is there a memorial day dedicated to this gesture?
An international day of kissing was established in the UK in the early 1990s. Although it can be suspected – there was no historically significant kiss there on the 6th of July. People in the UK during these years were simply tired of the strict morals and conservative ideas of the Margaret Thatcher era. The World Kissing Day was intended to set a sign against the buttoned-up authorities and to celebrate the kiss as a symbol of passion and love.
Kisses have always fascinated people. The origin of today’s sign for friendship and love is rather unromantic. According to scientists, the evolutionary origin lies in the care of the offspring. Our ancestors, the apes, like many other animal species, passed on prechewed food to their children. This gesture gave rise to today’s kissing as a greeting ritual.
But still many studies and surveys revolve around the topic of kissing. We have compiled some facts for you here.
For World Kissing Day: Interesting Kissing Facts
- Kissing is the best workout: a passionate kiss burns about 20 calories per minute. More than 30 facial muscles are active.
- The majority of people tilt their heads to the right when they kiss someone.
- Over 90% of all women close their eyes when kissing, while about half of all men prefer to look.
- Kissing makes you beautiful: it promotes blood circulation, giving us a rosy complexion and firmer skin.
- Kissing makes you healthy: During a kiss, countless bacteria pass from mouth to mouth, which is why the body mobilizes more defenses. So kissing strengthens our immune system.
- Kissing makes you happy: endorphins (so-called happiness hormones) are released.
- Kissing prolongs life: US researchers found that frequent kissers live about 5 years longer. Moreover, drivers are less aggressive and cause fewer accidents when they get behind the wheel freshly kissed.
- Kissing is science: PhDs study the physiological, social, and cultural aspects of kissing.
- Kissing is international: anthropologists estimate that over 90% of all people in the world kiss. The French lead the kissing ranking. This is where the most smooching takes place.
Different types of kissing
Kisses come in many different forms and for many different reasons and occasions. A kiss can seal the marriage or mean goodbye, it can be a sensual and exciting part of foreplay or a simple component of a greeting ritual.
The Winner’s Kiss
At the moment of greatest triumph, athletes often devotedly kiss their newly won trophy as an expression of pure pride. The FIFA World Cup trophy is supposedly the most kissed object in the world – apart from the Pope’s ring.
The French Kiss
Usually, the prelude to a sexual adventure, because lips and tongue react sensitively to touch. They have a large number of nerves, which makes them a particularly erogenous zone.
The welcome kiss
An integral part of the welcoming ritual in many cultures. In the Netherlands or Switzerland, for example, people give each other three kisses alternately on the left and right cheek – in some regions of France even four.
The Fairytale Kiss
And they lived happily ever after… But only because true love’s kiss either awakened, transformed, or saved them. The motif of the redeeming kiss can be found in Grimm’s Snow White, Frog Prince, or Sleeping Beauty, among others.
The kiss on the hand
A symbol of affection, respect, or submissiveness. According to etiquette, this may only be hinted at in the case of unmarried women.
The Film Kiss
In the old days, there was no kissing in Hollywood – at least not directly on the mouth. One film partner pressed their mouth on the other’s chin while the other “kissed” either the other’s cheek or something above the lip.
The Air Kiss
An implied smack on the palm of the hand blown to another. This gesture is often used as a farewell or by celebrities on the red carpet.
The Horse Kiss
One kiss we don’t want to have, even on International Kissing Day, is the horse kiss. It usually refers to a painful bruise or hematoma on the thigh that shines in all colors.
The perfect kiss
It makes your knees go weak and you forget everything around you… According to the survey, most people prefer gentle nibbling of the lower lip and tender touches of the tips of the tongue with the mouth slightly open. No-goes are explorations into the throat as well as “the dead fish” – a tongue that lies around unmotivated instead of being discovered playfully.
International Kissing Day: How best to celebrate it?
Admittedly: An international day of kissing is not really a holiday – but no reason not to celebrate it appropriately anyway. You can do this by kissing your loved one(s) especially passionately, by sending virtual kisses via short message or emoji to your best friend, or by giving a smack through the phone to your parents.
You can also celebrate World Kissing Day with a delicious meal. And what would be more suitable than…?
The chocolate-covered protein foam is not only delicious but also – compared to other sweets – a relatively low-calorie snack. Do you know “mud rolls”? Simply crush a foam kiss between two halves of a bun and bite into it.
Saltimbocca alla Romana
Saltimbocca is an internationally known specialty of Roman cuisine and means “jump in the mouth!”. The dish consists of fried veal escalope topped with ham and sage. Yummy!
A “kiss” from North African and Oriental cuisine: The dish consists of steamed wheat, maize, or millet semolina. It is particularly delicious with meat or fish, various vegetables and chickpeas, or simply cold as a salad.
Queen Elizabeth die Erste, said to have enjoyed the ice-snow confection. Her saying “Oh, it’s like a kiss” is said to have led to the name ” Baiser” (French for “kiss”). A meringue consists of only two ingredients: stiffly beaten egg whites and folded-in sugar. Briefly bake in the oven over low heat and then leave to cool. Ready.