January holidays range far and wide from the serious, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to the fun and forward-looking New Year’s Day to the semi-silly Houseplant Appreciation Day. Here’s a closer look at January holidays.

Janus the Roman Two-Faced God

National Bird Day

National Bird Day is one of the January Holidays and it is celebrated every fifth of January. This holiday was established by bird activists who aim to recognize the captive birds. During this day, many activists celebrate by adopting birds. Other activities include studying birds, bird watching, and drinking games involving birds. Another activity is educating people on how to take care of birds.

Thesaurus Day

Thesaurus Day is celebrated every January 18to honor the author of Roget’s Thesaurus, Peter Roget. The Thesaurus is a kind of reference book of synonyms that most of the students and writers use in order to improve their literary work. According to researchers, they have not found the originator of this holiday but millions of people appreciated the significance of this special day to commemorate Peter Roget who was born on January 18, 1779.

Humiliation Day

Humiliation Day is celebrated on January 3rd every year. In Canada, Humiliation Day was established by Chinese Canadian immigrants in 1923. On this day, protested called out the Canadian government for banning Chinese immigrants.

In the U. S., most people view this day as the perfect time to recognize the negativity for humiliating a person or group of people. People associate humiliation with humbleness since they believe that being humble is considered as one of the top virtues that a person can possess. Thus, Humiliation Day could be called Humbleness Day or even Humility Day.

New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day, on January 1, is one of the 10 Federal Holidays celebrated in the United States. During this day, most people take this opportunity to enjoy, relax, be with their family, eat and drink. This is the day that will bring the promising and bright start of the year. Some Americans visit Times Square in New York in order to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve and to make resolution for the coming year. New Year’s Day dates back to the Romans around 45 BC, to celebrate Janus, the god of doors, gates and new beginnings.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the 3rd Monday in January. King’s birthday is actually January 15, so some years the federal holiday lands exactly on his actual birthday. Right after King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, a movement started to celebrate his birthday on a federal level. Though some conservative Republicans such as Senators Jesse Helms, John Porter East and John McCain tried to block the movement, they finally failed when President Ronald Reagan signed Martin Luther King, Jr. day into law in 1983.

House Plant Appreciation Day

House Plant Appreciation Day was created by the Gardener’s Network and is celebrated in January 10 of every year. It aims to remind every individual that after the holiday seasons, his or her indoor plants need a little attention. This day also involves celebrating the benefits of house plants such as giving off oxygen, brightening your abode, teaching your children about nature and talking to something living that doesn’t talk back. This is the day that you need to appreciate the essence of house plant since it helps to lift your mood and outlook in life. It also adds calm and warm effect to the ambience of your home.

Chinese New Year

Sometimes called the Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year is celebrated on the first day of the Chinese calendar. The exact date can vary from late January to the middle of February and it lasts for 15 days. Historically, Chinese New Year is several centuries old and was created to honor several deities. The holiday is celebrated around the world in countries with a significant Chinese population.


A List of January Holidays


Jan. 1

New Year’s day
Global Family Day
Copyright day
Polar Bear Plunge
Ellis Island Day
Saint Basil’s Day
Euro Day
Mummer’s Parade


Jan. 2

Happy Mew Year for Cats Day
National Science Fiction Day
National Motivation and Inspiration Day


Jan. 3

Drinking Straw Day
National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
J. R. R. Tolkien Day
Humiliation Day


Jan. 4

Dimpled Chad Day
Tom Thumb Day
Pop Music Chart Day
World Braille Day
Trivia Day
World Hypnotism Day


Jan. 5

National Bird Day
Bean Day


Jan. 6

Three Kings Day
Epiphany or Twelfth Night


Jan. 7

Harlem Globetrotters Day
Orthodox Christmas
International Programmers Day
National Tempura Day


Jan. 8

Argyle Day
National English Toffee Day
Bubble Bath Day
War on Poverty Day
Midwife’s Day


Jan. 9

National Static Electricity Day
Balloon Ascension Day


Jan. 10

League of Nations Day
National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
House Plant Appreciation Day


Jan. 11

Cigarettes Are Hazardous to Your Health Day
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
Fruitcake Toss Day


Jan. 12

No Pants on Subway Ride Day


Jan. 13

National Clean Off Your Desk Day
Rubber Ducky Day
Public Radio Broadcasting Day
Stephen Foster Memorial Day


Jan. 14

Caesarean Section Day
Dress Up Your Pet Day
International Kite Day
Ratification Day
Organize Your Home Day


Jan. 15

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday (or 3rd Monday in January)
Humanitarian Day


Jan. 16

Appreciate A Dragon Day
Religious Freedom Day
Nothing Day
Women in Blue Jeans Day
Tu B’shuvat


Jan. 17

Cable Car Day
Judgment Day
International Fetish Day (celebrated the 3rd Friday in January)
Kid Inventors’ Day


Jan. 18

Winnie the Pooh Day
Polar Bear Swim
Thesaurus Day


Jan. 19

Popcorn Day
World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Tin Can Day
World Religion Day


Jan. 20

National Day of Service
Penguin Awareness Day
Camcorder Day
National Disc Jockey Day
Inauguration Day (traditional)
Robert E. Lee Day


Jan. 21

Inauguration Day (observed)
National Hugging Day
Squirrel Appreciation Day
Rid The World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day


Jan. 22

Celebration of Life Day
Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day
Roe vs. Wade Day


Jan. 23

National Pie Day
National Handwriting Day
Women’s Healthy Weight Day


Jan. 24

Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day
Beer Can Day
National Peanut Butter Day
Belly Laugh Day
National Compliment Day


Jan. 25

Macintosh Computer Day
Opposite Day
AFRMA Fancy Rat & Mouse Day
Soup Swap Day
National Irish Coffee Day
Robert Burns Day
A Room of One’s Own Day:
Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day


Jan. 26

National Peanut Brittle Day:
World Leprosy Day
Lotus 1-2-3 Day
Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement


Jan. 27

Holocaust Memorial Day
Auschwitz Liberation Day
Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
Viet Nam Peace Day
Thomas Crapper Day


Jan. 28

National Kazoo Day
Thank A Plugin Developer Day
Data Privacy Day


Jan. 29

Seeing Eye Dog Day
Curmudgeons Day
Thomas Paine Day
National Puzzle Day
Freethinkers Day


Jan. 30

Inane Answering Message Day


Jan. 31

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
Street Children Day
Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day


Rumor Has It …

… January was named after the Roman god, Janus who liked to open up mutual funds and a dress up his lap dog in a pirate’s costume.


Leave a comment