Did you know that January is named after the Latin word for door? That's because January is seen as the "door" to the new year, and the start of new beginnings. Fittingly, it's named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings—and the national holidays in January embody this spirit of excitement.
Ready to celebrate some January holidays? Get out your January calendars and note down these spectacular days.
BEGINNINGS: There are two national days in January that celebrate beginnings: of course there's New Year's Day, but there's also Chinese New Year (January 28).
FOOD: The holidays in January are all about chocolate—get ready to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day (January 27) and National Hot Chocolate Day (January 31). Americans eat 18% of the world's chocolate, and you're going to contribute to that this month.
PET HOLIDAYS: It's one of the most important national days in January, if not the whole year—let's celebrate National Dress Up Your Pet Day (January 14)! The holiday was started in 2009 to support the pet fashion community, and that's a cause we can all get behind.
FAMILY: Thankful for your spouse or your children? With Celebration of Life Day (January 22) and National Spouses Day (January 26), there are January holidays to celebrate the whole family!
Find a complete list of January holidays below, and happy celebrating!