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 56 January holidays.

Date

Holiday

Category

Region

Jan. 1

New Year's DayFederal, FunWorld

Jan. 2

National Science Fiction DaySci-FiU.S.

Jan. 3

JRR Tolkien DaySci-FiU.S.

Jan. 4

National Spaghetti DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 4

National Trivia DayFunU.S.

Jan. 5

National Bird DayPetsU.S.

Jan. 5

National Whipped Cream DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 6

National Bean DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 6

Three Kings DayReligiousWorld

Jan. 7

National Bobblehead DayFunU.S.

Jan. 8

National Bubble Bath DayFunU.S.

Jan. 9

National Law Enforcement Appreciation DayCareerU.S.

Jan. 10

National Cut Your Energy Costs DayU.S.

Jan. 10

National Houseplant Appreciation DayEnvironmental, FunU.S.

Jan. 11

National Milk DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 12

Kiss a Ginger DayFunU.S.

Jan. 13

National Rubber Ducky DayFunU.S.

Jan. 13

National Sticker DayFunU.S.

Jan. 14

National Dress Up Your Pet DayPetsU.S.

Jan. 14

National Hot Pastrami Sandwich DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 15

Martin Luther King, Jr. DayCause, FederalU.S.

Jan. 15

National Hat DayFashionU.S.

Jan. 16

National Fig Newton DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 17

National Hot Buttered Rum DayDrinkingU.S.

Jan. 18

National Thesaurus DayEducationU.S.

Jan. 19

National Popcorn DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 20

National Cheese Lover's DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 21

Museum Selfie DayEducationWorld

Jan. 21

National Hugging DayFunU.S.

Jan. 21

National Squirrel Appreciation DayCauseU.S.

Jan. 22

Celebration of Life DayFunU.S.

Jan. 22

National Blonde Brownie DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 23

Community Manager Appreciation DayCareerU.S.

Jan. 23

National Pie DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 23

World Spay DayCause, PetsWorld

Jan. 24

National Beer Can Appreciation DayDrinkingU.S.

Jan. 24

National Compliment DayRelationshipsU.S.

Jan. 24

National Peanut Butter DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 25

National Opposite DayFunU.S.

Jan. 26

National Spouses DayFamily, RelationshipsU.S.

Jan. 27

International Holocaust Remembrance DayInternationalWorld

Jan. 27

National Chocolate Cake DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 28

National Daisy DayEnvironmentalU.S.

Jan. 29

National Puzzle DayFunU.S.

Jan. 30

National Croissant DayFoodU.S.

Jan. 31

National Hot Chocolate DayDrinkingU.S.

January

National Bath Safety MonthHealthU.S.

January

National Blood Donor MonthHealthU.S.

January

National Hot Tea MonthFoodU.S.

January

National Mentoring MonthCareerU.S.

January

National Oatmeal MonthFoodU.S.

January

National Slow Cooking MonthFoodU.S.

January

National Soup MonthFoodU.S.

January

National Train Your Dog MonthPetsU.S.

January

Unchain a Dog MonthPetsU.S.

January

Walk 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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