The World Smile Day (WSD) is celebrated on the first Friday of October every year since 1999 to honour the creator of the much-used smiley face. The face was created in 1963 by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts in the US.
THIS YEAR, WSD was celebrated on Friday, October 5, with the motto "Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile"! According to media reports, Smiley has become the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on the internet. It is more extensively used by females on the social networking sites as compared to males.
"The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion," Harvey had said, Though, now WSD has become a global event but it is observed with great gusto in his hometown Worcester by the Harvey Ball World
Smile Foundation. At Worcester Seven Hills Charter School Chorus at the 11th Annual Harvey Ball was held in which songs titled “The Smiley Face Song" and "It's a World Smile Day" were sung.
In another event, the Mayor of the City of Worcester, Massachusetts and the City Council issued an official proclamation recognizing and honoring World Smile Day. Also, Myles and Jean McDonough were honoured with the Harvey Ball Smile Award for their community work and achievements.
The Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation, in its message on the occasion of WSD said, "On this day we call upon people around the globe to be thoughtful of others and use the power of smile and a kind act to make a small difference in the world in which we live."
The foundation has urged people from around the world to celebrate WSD in schools, businesses, nursing homes, colleges, hospitals, communities, and as individuals to organize programs, events, acts of kindness and more.