Protect your phone from the evil eye: new Hamsa emoji announced


A new hamsa emoji has been announced as part of the new Unicode 14.0 update, which is expected to be released in late 2021 or early 2022.

Hamsa, literally “five” in Arabic to represent the five fingers, is an important palm-shaped symbol in many cultures and religions in the Middle East.

Also referred to as the Hand of Fatima in Muslim culture or the Hand of Miriam in Jewish culture, the hamsa is commonly used in accessories, jewelry, and art throughout the Middle East.

The hamsa is believed to provide defense against the evil eye, which also has its own emoji. The evil eye is sometimes depicted in the hamsa in the center of the palm. Evidence of the use of the hamsa by Jews can be dated to medieval Spain.

Several celebrities have been seen wearing hamsa-associated jewelry in recent years. In 2014, a photo of Jay-Z wearing a hamsa chain around his neck during an NBA game.

LeBron James (left) chats with Jay Z (right) during the game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. (credit: REUTERS)

Britney Spears, who was recently released from her father’s tutelage, posted a photo to Instagram showing her Star of David hamsa necklace in 2020.

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New emojis are decided by the Unicode Tech Committee, whose nine members meet quarterly to decide which smileys will be added in the next emoji update.

The nine members include representatives from Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Netflix, SAP SE and the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs of Oman.


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