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 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
  • Jan. 3: J.R.R. Tolkien Day, Festival of Sleep Day, Humiliation Day
  • Jan. 4: Trivia Day, National Spaghetti Day
  • Jan. 5: National Bird Day
  • Jan. 6: Sherlock Holmes' Birthday, Cuddle Up Day, Bean Day
  • Jan. 7: Old Rock Day
  • Jan. 8: Bubble Bath Day
  • Jan. 9: National Static Electricity Day, National Word Nerd Day
  • Jan. 10: Peculiar People Day, Houseplant Appreciation Day, National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
  • Jan. 11: Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
  • Jan. 12: National Pharmacist Day, National Hot Tea Day
  • Jan. 13: Make Your Dream Come True Day, National Rubber Ducky Day
  • Jan. 14: Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • Jan. 15: National Hat Day, National Bagel Day
  • Jan. 16: Appreciate a Dragon Day, National Nothing Day
  • Jan. 17: Benjamin Franklin Day, Ditch New Year's Resolutions Day
  • Jan. 18: Thesaurus Day, Winnie the Pooh Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (third Monday of January)
  • Jan. 19: National Popcorn Day, National Tin Can Day
  • Jan. 20: National Cheese Lovers Day, Penguin Awareness Day
  • Jan. 21: National Hugging Day, Squirrel Appreciation Day
  • Jan. 22: National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 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: National Kazoo Day, Data Privacy Day
  • Jan. 29: National Puzzle Day, National Corn Chip Day
  • Jan. 30: Draw a Dinosaur 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: Diet Resolutions Week
  • Second week: Letter Writing Week
  • Second week: Folic Acid Awareness Week
  • Second week: Home Office Safety and Security Week
  • Starts on the second Sunday of the month: Pizza Week
  • Third week: Sugar Awareness Week
  • Third week: National Mocktail Week
  • Starts on the third Sunday of the month: Healthy Weight Week
  • Fourth week: Hot Air Balloon Week
  • Fourth week: National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
  • Fourth week: School Choice Week

January Monthly Holidays and Observances

  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • Hot Tea Month
  • International Creativity Month
  • It's OK to Be Different Month
  • National Bath Safety Month
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • National Braille Literacy Month
  • National Get Organized Month
  • National Hobby Month
  • National Mentoring Month
  • National Oatmeal Month
  • National Soup Month
  • National Stalking Awareness Month
  • National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month
  • Reach Your Potential Month
  • Thyroid Awareness Month
  • National Train Your Dog Month
  • National Glaucoma Awareness Month