January Holidays

It might be the doldrums of winter, but there is some hot and exciting stories behind some of the wackier January holidays. At National Today, we love celebrating 49 January holidays.

Jan. 1New Year's DayActivitiesWorld
Jan. 2National Science Fiction DayPop CultureU.S.
Jan. 3JRR Tolkien DayPop CultureU.S.
Jan. 4National Spaghetti DayFoodU.S.
Jan. 4National Trivia DayActivitiesU.S.
Jan. 5National Bird DayPetsU.S.
Jan. 5National Whipped Cream DayFoodU.S.
Jan. 6National Bean DayFoodU.S.
Jan. 6Three Kings DayReligiousWorld
Jan. 7National Bobblehead DayPop CultureU.S.
Jan. 8National Bubble Bath DayActivitiesU.S.
Jan. 9National Law Enforcement Appreciation DayCivicU.S.
Jan. 10National Cut Your Energy Costs DayU.S.
Jan. 10National Houseplant Appreciation DayActivities, EnvironmentalU.S.
Jan. 11National Milk DayFoodU.S.
Jan. 12Kiss a Ginger DayActivitiesU.S.
Jan. 13National Rubber Ducky DayActivities, Pop CultureU.S.
Jan. 13National Sticker DayActivitiesU.S.
Jan. 14National Dress Up Your Pet DayPetsU.S.
Jan. 14National Hot Pastrami Sandwich DayFoodU.S.
Jan. 15Martin Luther King, Jr. DayCause, HistoricalU.S.
Jan. 15National Hat DayFashionU.S.
Jan. 16National Fig Newton DayFoodU.S.
Jan. 17National Hot Buttered Rum DayDrinkingU.S.
Jan. 18National Thesaurus DayEducationU.S.
Jan. 19National Popcorn DayFoodU.S.
Jan. 20National Cheese Lover's DayFoodU.S.
Jan. 21Museum Selfie DayEducationWorld
Jan. 21National Hugging DayActivitiesU.S.
Jan. 21National Squirrel Appreciation DayCauseU.S.
Jan. 22Celebration of Life DayActivitiesU.S.
Jan. 22National Blonde Brownie DayFoodU.S.
Jan. 23Community Manager Appreciation DayCareerU.S.
Jan. 23National Pie DayFoodU.S.
Jan. 23World Spay DayCause, PetsWorld
Jan. 24National Beer Can Appreciation DayDrinkingU.S.
Jan. 24National Peanut Butter DayFoodU.S.
Jan. 25National Opposite DayActivitiesU.S.
Jan. 26National Spouses DayFamily, RelationshipsU.S.
Jan. 27International Holocaust Remembrance DayHistoricalWorld
Jan. 27National Chocolate Cake DayFoodU.S.
Jan. 29National Puzzle DayActivitiesU.S.
Jan. 30National Croissant DayFoodU.S.
Jan. 31National Hot Chocolate DayDrinkingU.S.
JanuaryNational Hot Tea MonthFoodU.S.
JanuaryNational Soup MonthFoodU.S.
JanuaryNational Train Your Dog MonthPetsU.S.
JanuaryUnchain a Dog MonthPetsU.S.
JanuaryWalk Your Dog MonthPetsU.S.

What is the significance of holidays in January?

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.

What are some memorable January holiday moments?

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).

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.

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.

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!

Are we missing your favorite January holiday?

Are we missing your favorite January holiday? Head to our holiday submission page and let us know! Make sure you've compiled a bit of information about your holiday before you submit. Is it celebrated widely? Does it have a track record of media coverage? Let us know about any January holidays we should add!

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