Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Today is International Kissing Day!

July 6 is National Kissing Day in the U.K. The United States apparently lacked such a holiday, so last year I began a one-woman crusade to establish Kissing Day in the U.S.A.

The idea behind International Kissing Day is that adult Americans may have forgotten the simple pleasures associated with kissing for kissing's sake, as opposed to kissing as mere social formality or prelude to other activities. Kissing can be an enjoyable experience in and of itself, an expression and experience of intimacy, and just plain fun. This is not some some kind of overcommercialized Valentine's Day/Sweetest Day duplicate. You don't have to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything to celebrate Kissing Day. All you have to do is:

-Post on your blog or tell friends via email that today is International Kissing Day. Write a kissing-themed post or share a sweet kissing story.
-Kiss! This doesn't have to be a big romantic face-sucking episode. Kiss in whatever way is socially appropriate. Kiss your partner, eskimo-kiss a friend, get a big wet one from your dog--whatever! Or fondly remember your best kisses and use this day as motivation to recreate them. Kissing in all its forms is what's being celebrated, and all that's asked is that you take a moment to stop and reflect on the kiss, not just what it signifies.

UPDATE: I'll add links to any and all kissing posts kissing story posts brought to my attention. This post will stay at the top of the page for the rest of the day, but additional bloggy goodness can be found if you scroll down.

The Kissing Post Round Up:
sunny side up: you must remember this, sometimes a kiss is not supposed to be a kiss
Curtis offers a song with kissing lyrics.
Coincidentally, International Kissing Day is also Barbara Sanders's anniversary.
Sherry Fowler kissed a cowboy musician.
Here's the story of a kiss that wasn't.
Biologist Joe Behrmann tells us why kissing is addictive.
The Ethical Esquire has some kiss-themed haiku poetry.
Daniel in Brookline has a kissing tale involving two girls.
Judith at Kesher Talk points out the American specialty of auto necking.
More kissing poetry via Doctor Weevil.
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