JAM Duo like to celebrate International Awareness Days, particularly if they are vaguely relevant to weddings or music.
What is International Kissing Day?
On Tuesday 6 July 2021 it was International Kissing Day
International Kissing Day or World Kiss Day is an official holiday celebrated each year on July 6. The practice originated in the United Kingdom, and was adopted worldwide in the early 2000s.
Another date, February 13, has also been identified as the International Kiss Day, falling in the week of Valentine’s Day.
The concept behind the International Kissing Day is that many people 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.
We really enjoy playing for weddings and it’s always lovely when you get the moment in the ceremony where the marriage vows have been said and the couples are invited to embrace.
A Brief History of the Wedding Kiss
Surprisingly, the origins of the ‘wedding kiss’ are not entirely romantic; kissing has an historical element based in ancient Rome that’s more transactional. In an age of widespread illiteracy, kisses served to seal agreements; thus the expression “to seal with a kiss” and the “X” on the dotted line. Couples got married by kissing in front of a gathered assembly, a practice that still carries on today.
Although the phrase “You may now kiss the bride” doesn’t appear in the official sacrament of most religious ceremonies, some historians would argue that the wedding-day kiss first became a tradition in houses of worship. In Catholic ceremonies, for example, the priest would give the groom a “kiss of peace,” which the groom would then pass on to his new wife. In other religions the kiss illustrates the often-invoked theme that “two become one.” In some cultures-both ancient and modern-the wedding kiss is understood to be the couple’s first, giving it a potentially awkward (but often rather sweet) quality.