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 86 January holidays.

Date

Holiday

Category

Region

Jan. 1

National Bloody Mary DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 1

National Hangover DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 1

New Year's DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Jan. 2

Happy Mew Year for Cats DayAnimalsU.S.

Jan. 2

National Buffet DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 2

National Science Fiction DayArts & EntertainmentU.S.

Jan. 3

JRR Tolkien DayArts & EntertainmentU.S.

Jan. 4

National Spaghetti DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 4

National Trivia DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Jan. 5

National Bird DayAnimalsU.S.

Jan. 5

National Whipped Cream DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 6

National Bean DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 6

National Cuddle Up DayRelationshipsU.S.

Jan. 6

Three Kings DayReligiousU.S.

Jan. 7

National Bobblehead DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Jan. 8

Elvis Presley’s BirthdayArts & EntertainmentOther

Jan. 8

National Bubble Bath DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Jan. 9

National Law Enforcement Appreciation DayCauseU.S.

Jan. 10

National Cut Your Energy Costs DayCauseU.S.

Jan. 10

National Houseplant Appreciation DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Jan. 11

National Girl Hug Boy DayRelationshipsU.S.

Jan. 11

National Hot Toddy DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 11

National Milk DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 12

Kiss a Ginger DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Jan. 12

National Pharmacist DayCareerU.S.

Jan. 12

National Youth DayCauseWorld

Jan. 13

National Gluten-Free Day HealthU.S.

Jan. 13

National Rubber Ducky DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Jan. 13

National Sticker DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Jan. 14

National Clean Your Desk DayCareerU.S.

Jan. 14

National Dress Up Your Pet DayAnimalsU.S.

Jan. 14

National Hot Pastrami Sandwich DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 15

Martin Luther King, Jr. DayGovernmentU.S.

Jan. 15

Martin Luther King's BirthdayCauseOther

Jan. 15

National Hat DayArts & EntertainmentU.S.

Jan. 16

National Fig Newton DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 17

Michelle Obama’s BirthdayGovernmentOther

Jan. 17

National Hot Buttered Rum DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 18

National Thesaurus DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Jan. 18

National Winnie the Pooh DayArts & EntertainmentU.S.

Jan. 19

National Popcorn DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 20

National Cheese Lover's DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 20

National DJ DayCareerU.S.

Jan. 20

National Penguin DayAnimalsU.S.

Jan. 21

Museum Selfie DayArts & EntertainmentU.S.

Jan. 21

National Banana Bread DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 21

National Hugging DayRelationshipsU.S.

Jan. 21

National Squirrel Appreciation DayAnimalsU.S.

Jan. 22

Celebration of Life DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Jan. 22

National Answer Your Cat's Question DayAnimalsU.S.

Jan. 22

National Blonde Brownie DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 23

Community Manager Appreciation DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Jan. 23

National Pie DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 23

World Spay DayAnimalsU.S.

Jan. 24

National Beer Can Appreciation DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 24

National Compliment DayRelationshipsU.S.

Jan. 24

National Green Juice DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 24

National Peanut Butter DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 25

Burns NightCulturalU.K.

Jan. 25

National Fun at Work DayFunU.S.

Jan. 25

National Irish Coffee DayFood & BeverageU.S., World

Jan. 25

National Opposite DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Jan. 26

National Spouses DayRelationshipsU.S.

Jan. 27

International Holocaust Remembrance DayGovernmentWorld

Jan. 27

National Chocolate Cake DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 28

National Bubble Wrap Appreciation DayFunU.S.

Jan. 28

National Daisy DayCauseU.S.

Jan. 28

National Kazoo DayFunU.S.

Jan. 28

National Lego DayFunU.S.

Jan. 29

National Puzzle DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Jan. 30

National Croissant DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Jan. 31

National Hot Chocolate DayFood & BeverageU.S.

January

National Bath Safety MonthHealthU.S.

January

National Blood Donor MonthHealthU.S.

January

National Glaucoma Awareness Month HealthU.S.

January

National Hobby MonthFunU.S.

January

National Hot Tea MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

January

National Mentoring MonthCareerU.S.

January

National Oatmeal MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

January

National Slow Cooking MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

January

National Soup MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

January

National Train Your Dog MonthAnimalsU.S.

January

Thyroid Awareness MonthHealthWorld

January

Unchain a Dog MonthAnimalsU.S.

January

Walk Your Dog MonthAnimalsU.S.

January

Folic Acid Awareness WeekHealthU.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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