There are many reasons to celebrate in January! The new year has begun, it’s cold outside, and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

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January is the first month of the year and one of seven months with 31 days. January is usually the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the warmest month of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.

The first day of the month (New Year’s Day) is the biggest day for a celebration, but January is jam-packed and full of days to celebrate!

So grab your friends and family and get ready, as there are plenty of fun things to do this month. Check out some of the highlights below.

Holidays to Celebrate in January

The holiday season may be over, but there are still plenty of fun things to do this month. January is a great time to get out and enjoy all that life has to offer.

Pull out those stickers and create something for national sticker day on the 13th, and enjoy your bubble bath on the 8th for bubble bath day.

Print these free printable puzzle pages for the kids to do on January 29 for puzzle day, and give lots of hugs on national hugging day, on January 21st.

January Symbols

  • January’s Birthstone: Garnet. A symbol of friendship, trust, love, commitment, and protection.
  • January Flower of the month: Carnation, Snowdrop
  • Signs of the Zodiac: Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) & Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb 20)

Monthly Observances

  • Book Blitz Month
  • Prune Breakfast Month
  • National Soup Month
  • Candy Month
  • National Oatmeal Month
  • Jump Out of Bed Month
  • National Hot Tea Month
  • Bread Machine Baking Month
  • National Get Organized Month
  • National Clean Up Your Computer Month

Fun Days to Celebrate in January

Jan 1New Year’s Day
National Bloody Mary Day
National Hangover Day
Black Eyed Pea Day
Jan 2Random Acts of Kindness Day
National Science Fiction Day
National Personal Trainer Awareness Day
National Cream Puff Day
Jan 3National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
National Fruitcake Toss Day
JRR Tolkien Day
Women Rock! Day
Jan 4World Braille Day
National Spaghetti Day
National Trivia Day
Jan 5National Keto Day
National Bird Day
National Whipped Cream Day
National Screenwriters Day
Jan 6National Shortbread Day
Cuddle Up Day
National Technology Day
National Take Down the Christmas Tree Day
Jan 7National Bobblehead Day
Jan 8National Bubble Bath Day
National English Toffee Day
Jan 9National Apricot Day
Word Nerd Day
Jan 10Houseplant Appreciation Day
Clean Off Your Desk Day
Jan 11Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day
National Milk Day
National Hot Toddy Day
Jan 12National Curried Chicken Day
National Marzipan Day
National Hot Tea Day
Jan 13Make Your Dreams Come True Day
National Sticker Day
National Peach Melba Day
Gluten-Free Day
Jan 14National Rubber Duckie Day
National Dress Up Your Pet Day
Organize Your Home Day
Jan 15National Bagel Day
Strawberry Ice Cream Day
Jan 16National Nothing Day
National Fig Newton Day
International Hot and Spicy Food Day
Jan 17Kid Inventors’ Day
National Hot Buttered Rum Day
Jan 18Winnie the Pooh Day
National Peking Duck Day
National Gourmet Coffee Day
World Snowman Day
Jan 19Popcorn Day
Jan 20National Cheese Lovers Day
National Buttercrunch Day
Take a Walk Outdoors Day
Jan 21National Squirrel Appreciation Day
National Hugging Day
International Sweatpants Day
Jan 22National Blondie Brownie Day
National Hot Sauce Day
National Polka Dot Day
Celebration of Life Day
Jan 23National Pie Day
National Rhubarb Pie Day
Jan 24National Compliment Day
National Peanut Butter Day
Jan 25National Opposite Day
National Irish Coffee Day
Jan 26National Spouses Day
Peanut Brittle Day
National Green Juice Day
Jan 27National Chocolate Cake Day
National Geographic Day
Jan 28National Kazoo Day
National Blueberry Pancake Day
Jan 29National Puzzle Day
National Corn Chip Day
Jan 30National Croissant Day
Jan 31Backward Day
National Hot Chocolate Day

Moving National Days of January

  • National Thank God It’s Monday (1st Monday)
  • National Clean off your Desk Day (2nd Monday)
  • Shop for Travel Day ( 2nd Tuesday)
  • National Poetry at Work Day (2nd Tuesday)
  • Chinese New Year (follows the movement of the moon and sun and falls between January 21 and February 21 each year. January 22 in 2023)
  • World Snow Day – (3rd Sunday)
  • Elementary School Teachers Day – (3rd Monday)
  • Martin Luther King Day (3rd Monday)
  • Child Labor Day – (4th Sunday)
  • Community Manager Appreciation Day – (4th Monday)
  • Speak up and Succeed Day – (4th Tuesday)
  • National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day – (Last Monday) 
  • National Plan for Vacation Day – (Last Tuesday)
  • National Big Wig Day – (Last Friday)
  • National Fun at Work Day – (Last Friday)
  • National Seed Swap Day – (Last Saturday)

January Printables & Activities

We have lots of crafts, printables, and word search pages perfect for the cold winter month of January. Great for anyone who needs some me-time, and the kids will enjoy them too.

So there you have it! You now have lots of unique and fun days to celebrate during the month of January. What January Holidays will you be celebrating??

Monthly Holidays and Observances Lists

Every month has plenty of holidays and observances to celebrate with your family.  See all our monthly lists:

Pin this list of the Fun Holidays in January for later!

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