World Smile Day

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World Smile Day around the world in 2021
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About World Smile Day

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Dates of World Smile Day
2023 InternationalOct 6
International Fri, Oct 6Observances Holiday
2022 InternationalOct 7
International Fri, Oct 7Observances Holiday
2021 InternationalOct 1
International Fri, Oct 1Observances Holiday
2020 InternationalOct 2
International Fri, Oct 2Observances Holiday
2019 InternationalOct 4
International Fri, Oct 4Observances Holiday
Summary
The creator of the smiley face started this holiday to devote one day a year to smiles and kind acts.

World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday in October each year since 1999.

Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963. That image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of goodwill and good cheer on the planet.

As the years passed Harvey Ball became concerned about the over-commercialization of his symbol, and how its original meaning and intent had become lost in the constant repetition of the marketplace.  Out of that concern came his idea for World Smile Day®. He thought that we, all of us, should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world.  Harvey’s idea was that for at least one day each year, neither should we.  He declared that the first Friday in October each year would henceforth be World Smile Day®. Ever since that first World Smile Day® held in 1999, it has continued every year in Smiley's hometown of Worcester, MA and around the world.


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