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Updated: July 17, 2017

World Emoji Day: Fun symbols celebrated with contests, tributes

Emojis (photo illustration).
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Emojis (photo illustration).

By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Emoji fans, today's your day.

Tourist attractions, businesses and social-media users around the globe Monday are celebrating the fourth annual World Emoji Day, a tribute to everyone's favorite fun symbols.

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Is an emoji worth 1,000 words? Maybe not, but the smiley faces and other colorful icons have become a popular form of self-expression.

Officially, there are currently 2,666 emojis, according to the BBC.

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