January Holidays

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!

New Year's Day
10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1... Happy New Year! For many of us waking up on Jan. 1, New Year's Day, it's a time of ...
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National Spaghetti Day
Though the origins of spaghetti are disputed—whether it was Marco Polo bringing back culinary invention from the East, and Arab ...
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National Trivia Day
Here's a little-known fact: Jan. 4 is National Trivia Day! The trivia craze has been a part of popular culture ...
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National Dress Up Your Pet Day
It’s National Dress Up Your Pet Day on January 14, and we want you go to all out. Celebrate by ...
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National hat day
Hats, hats, hats … where do we even begin? There are so many varieties in so many different styles! Where ...
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Would you believe that humans have been eating popcorn for over 5,000 years (and some historians believe longer)! While it ...
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national cheese lovers day
Have you ever wondered how the first human discovered cheese? We’ve wondered that too, and we’ll probably never find out ...
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National Hugging Day
Open up your heart … and your arms, this January 21. It’s National Hugging Day! As you might guess, this ...
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Celebration Of Life Day
Celebration of Life Day is January 22! Although you should be appreciating your children and grandchildren every day, this holiday ...
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Blonde Brownie Day
Are blondes really more fun? That question may be up for debate on any given day, but on January 22—National ...
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National Pie Day
Three weeks into January... need an excuse to indulge since you've been so good with your diet resolutions? Yeah, we ...
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community manger appreciation day
Community Manager Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on Jan. 23 and was created by Jeremiah Owyang in 2010 as a ...
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beer can appreciation day
On Jan. 24, we celebrate Beer Can Appreciation Day in remembrance of the historic, monumental, and thirst-quenching day beer was ...
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When Marcellus Gilmore Edson first patented peanut butter in 1884, he probably didn't realize it would become a taste sensation ...
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national opposite day
Is it National Opposite Day? Is it not Opposite Day? Or is it not not Opposite Day? Now even I ...
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National Spouses Day
Romantic beach getaways, jointly-filed taxes, shared meals, buying your first home, trips to Ikea, and lots and lots of babies ...
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Dear Chocolate Cake, It was love at first bite. You may come in many forms: layered, molten, bundt, fluffy, mousse-y, ...
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If you feel the ground trembling beneath your feet on January 28—don't fear! It is simply the beginning of the ...
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National puzzle day
Jan. 29 is National Puzzle Day, the perfect day to do a little brain exercise. Whether it’s a crossword, jigsaw, ...
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national croissant day
While most of us know it as a french speciality, the croissant actually originated in Austria under the name "kipferls" ...
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National Hot Chocolate Day
Few beverages are as deep-rooted in culture of Americans’ collective childhood quite like hot chocolate. This drink reminds us of ...
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