Holidays and Observances in January

National days to celebrate this month

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The Spruce / Margot Cavin 

New Year's Day is just the first of many special days and holidays in January. There are plenty of other observances that can provide you with ideas for learning and fun to share with your friends, family, and colleagues.

For example, it's International Creativity Month, so you can explore activities that celebrate everything from letter writing and puzzles to dragons and kazoos. January also is a prime time to learn about important people in history, including Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King Jr. Some observances focus on achieving a healthy lifestyle, and you might find relevant activities at community centers, schools, or health care organizations. On other days, you can celebrate with comfort foods, such as chocolate and bagels.

Here are official and unofficial days to celebrate in January.

January Daily Holidays and Observances

  • Jan. 1: New Year's Day, National Hangover Day
  • Jan. 2: National Science Fiction Day, National Thank God It's Monday Day
  • Jan. 3: J.R.R. Tolkien Day, Festival of Sleep Day, International Mind-Body Wellness Day
  • Jan. 4: Trivia Day, National Spaghetti Day
  • Jan. 5: National Bird Day
  • Jan. 6: National Take Down the Christmas Tree Day, Cuddle Up Day, Bean Day
  • Jan. 7: Old Rock Day
  • Jan. 8: Bubble Bath Day
  • Jan. 9: Coming of Age Day, National Word Nerd Day
  • Jan. 10: Houseplant Appreciation Day, National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
  • Jan. 11: Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
  • Jan. 12: Stick to Your New Year's Resolution Day, National Hot Tea Day
  • Jan. 13: Make Your Dream Come True Day, National Rubber Ducky Day
  • Jan. 14: Dress Up Your Pet Day, Organize Your Home Day
  • Jan. 15: National Hat Day, National Bagel Day
  • Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, National Nothing Day
  • Jan. 17: Benjamin Franklin Day, Ditch New Year's Resolutions Day
  • Jan. 18: Thesaurus Day, Winnie the Pooh Day, National Gourmet Coffee Day
  • Jan. 19: National Popcorn Day, National Good Memory Day
  • Jan. 20: National Cheese Lovers Day, Take A Walk Outdoors Day
  • Jan. 21: National Hugging Day, Own Your Own Home Day
  • Jan. 22: National Blonde Brownie Day, Lunar New Year
  • Jan. 23: National Handwriting Day, National Pie Day
  • Jan. 24: Compliment Day, Belly Laugh Day
  • Jan. 25: Opposite Day
  • Jan. 26: Spouse's Day
  • Jan. 27: National Chocolate Cake Day, Punch the Clock Day
  • Jan. 28: Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day, Data Privacy Day
  • Jan. 29: National Puzzle Day, National Carnation Day
  • Jan. 30: National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
  • Jan. 31: Backward Day, Inspire Your Heart With Art Day

Fun Fact

January is named after Janus, the ancient Roman god of gates and doors symbolizing endings, beginnings, and transitions. He's depicted with two heads: one head looking at the past and the other at the future.

January Weekly Holidays and Observances

  • First week: New Year's Resolutions Week
  • First week: Someday We'll Laugh About This Week
  • Second week: Letter Writing Week
  • Third week: Hunt for Happiness Week
  • Third week: Spring Festival Golden Week
  • Fourth week: Children's Week
  • Fourth week: Courtesy Week
  • Fourth week: Storytelling Week

January Monthly Holidays and Observances

  • Celebration of Life Month
  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • Get a Balanced Life Month
  • National Get Organized Month
  • International Creativity Month
  • National Book Blitz Month
  • National Bath Safety Month
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • National Braille Literacy Month
  • National Clean Up Your Computer Month
  • National Hobby Month
  • National Mentoring Month
  • National Oatmeal Month
  • National Soup Month
  • National Stalking Awareness Month
  • Reach Your Potential Month
  • Thyroid Awareness Month
  • National Train Your Dog Month
  • National Glaucoma Awareness Month