January Holidays

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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!

We have 42 holidays listed for January.

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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When it comes to fiction writing, the stories are only limited by one’s imagination. And no matter what type of ...
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The Lord of the Rings fans will remember that Frodo used to toast his Uncle Bilbo on his birthday every ...
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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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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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Birds have a special place in our hearts, their beauty, their songs, their flight, so it’s time to celebrate them ...
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Whipped cream is a sweet treat that we've been creating for centuries. As air is beaten into milk with a ...
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Because National Bean Day on January 6 falls in the middle of winter, it’s the perfect excuse to cook a ...
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You know when someone says they had an “epiphany”? The Epiphany is Three Kings Day! Celebrated most in Spain and ...
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If you find it tough to take bobbleheads seriously, you’re not alone. But perhaps you should. And National Bobblehead Day ...
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Dust off your rubber ducky this winter because it's National Bubble Bath Day on January 8! A lot of us ...
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If you have a police officer as a friend or family member, you know how difficult this job can be ...
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By mid-January, most of our various holiday decorations and Christmas trees have made their way out of our homes. National ...
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Wasting energy is one of the nastiest things we can do in life, to the planet, to our wallets, and ...
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Holy cow, it's National Milk Day! Celebrate the cornerstone of dairy with these gifts and party ideas ...
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Redheads rule! That’s why January 12 is Kiss A Ginger Day! We have te best ideas, gifts, and more to ...
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Learn all about the history of your favorite bath accessory— national Rubber Ducky Day is January 13! ...
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Sticker fanatic? January 13 is National Sticker Day and we have the ideas, gifts, and more to make sure you ...
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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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There’s nothing like the smokey goodness of the Pastrami sandwich. Long considered an icon of the classic Jewish New York ...
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Hats, hats, hats … where do we even begin? There are so many varieties in so many different styles! Where ...
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Each year on January 15 we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Dayand honor the work of this incredible man. We ...
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Ready to get figgy with it? January 16 is National Fig Newton Day and we’ve got everything you need to ...
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Love a good drink? January 17 is National Hot Buttered Rum Day and we have the ideas, gifts, and more ...
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When you’re looking for that perfect word to convey your thought, or don’t want to repeat the same word over ...
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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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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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Originally a creation of Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator at the Western North Carolina Nature Center, National Squirrel Appreciation Day ...
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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 is January 22! Although you should be appreciating your children and grandchildren every day, this holiday ...
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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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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 Manager Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on Jan. 23 and was created by Jeremiah Owyang in 2010 as a ...
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You know what we love? Removing the reproductive organs of animals for their own good. Which is why we love ...
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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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Is it National Opposite Day? Is it not Opposite Day? Or is it not not Opposite Day? Now even I ...
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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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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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While most of us know it as a french speciality, the croissant actually originated in Austria under the name "kipferls" ...
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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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