Days to Celebrate in January
Besides New Years Day and Australia Day there are lots of other lesser known days in January that are just waiting to be celebrated from Milk Day to Opposite Day and many more.
Celebrating January Holidays
If you’re looking for an excuse to celebrate this January then you’ve come to the right place as I’ve compiled a great list of cool holidays for you to pay homage to – some you may be familiar with, but many you have probably not heard of before.
1st January - New Years Day
New Years Day is usually celebrated with a hangover from too much partying on New Years Eve and lots of great intentions aka New Years Resolutions.
3rd January - Festival of Sleep Day
If you don't feel like getting up on January 3rd, you're in luck because it's festival of sleep day which means (to me) it's perfect for a lie in, especially if you're wearing your favorite flannel pjs! Considering that this day is celebrated at the beginning of January I'm thinking it's designed to allow everyone to catch up on loss sleep from the Christmas and New Years celebrations and I'm all for that!
4th January - Trivia Day
Trivia Day is a great excuse to crack open a game of Trivial Pursuit to celebrate.
5th January - National Bird Day
National Bird Day is a great day to reflect on the beauty of the birdlife around us, for me personally it can be a real pain being woken up at the crack of dawn by a Kookaburra 'laughing' outside of my bedroom window, but I do love seeing and hearing them during the day.
National Bird Day is a great excuse to teach your children about the birds in your own backyard or even to make a bird feeder to see what birdlife you can attract.
7th January - Old Rock Day
Old rock day is about celebrating old rock aka stones, not rock music although any excuse to play classic rock seems like a good one to me!
My daughter fell in love with a defaced rock that is roadside on the way to school when she was in pre-school and named it Happy Rock so when we discovered Old Rock Day was a holiday it means that on the 7th January we have to call out 'Happy Old Rock Day' to Happy Rock as we pass.
In reality old rock day is more about the importance of fossils and rock creations such as theDevil's Marbles than a rock with grafitti on it, but still.....
9th January Holidays
9th January - National Clean Off Your Desk Day
Clean off your desk day was designed to help get people more organized and I'm guessing we're celebrating it in January in an attempt to help people keep their New Years Resolutions.
9th January - National Apricot Day
Why wouldn't you have a day to celebrate the humble apricots because not only do they taste good they are packed full of goodness which could be why the name apricot came from the Latin word for precious. This is a day to eat apricots, so grab some apricot recipes and let the celebrating begin!
10th January - Peculiar People Day
Peculiar People Day?? Who comes up with these holidays? I guess you could call nearly everyone who doesn't agree with your choices in life peculiar so the day should be about celebrating everyone in your life and their individual personalities complete with their little oddities that make them who they are.
11th January Holidays
11th January - Milk Day
Milk Day seems very self explanitory, but do you know why we celebrate it on January 11th? It's because on this day way back in 1878 milk was delivered for the first time in bottles. I used to love getting the milk in the glass bottles although my mom always got the cream off of the top of the milk and when I grew up hoping to get the cream they stopped doing milk bottles and we were left with cartons and no cream settling on the top of the milk :(
11th January - International Thank You Day
Sometimes it seems like people are in such a hurry these days that they forget the simple please and thank yous that I (and many like me) were brought up to use. On the 11th January you can make a special effort to say thank you to the people in your life for just being there and for times when you may have forgotten these powerful two words.
12th January - National Handwriting Day
Let's face it with everyone using computer keyboards and phones to text less and less of us use a pen or pencil in our communications any more. Make a point to celebrate National Handwriting Day to send a letter the old fashioned way to someone. I know I love to recieve 'real mail' sometimes and I'm sure I'm not the only one.
13th January Holidays
13th January - Make Your Dreams Come True Day
While you don't get given fairy dust or magical powers on January 13th to actually make your dreams come true this is a good day to sit down and decide what it is you really want and set goals so that you can make your own dreams come true - in a way it's like reconfirming your New Year's Resolutions (if you made any).
13th January - Poetry Break Day
At some point in your day today you need to stop what you're doing and take a break from housework, study or just plain work and read some poetry. Not a hard holiday to celebrate in my humble opinion.
14th January - National Dress Up Your Pet Day
This holiday is self explanatory and you can celebrate by dressing your pet up in bling or even in a costume as though it's Halloween.
16th January Holidays
16th January - National Nothing Day
This holiday has been celebrated since 1972 so that's a good reason to keep up the tradition of doing absolutely nothing on this particular day and a great excuse to totally recharge your batteries so to speak.
16th January - Religious Freedom Day
Whatever your beliefs January 16th's Religious Freedom Day is a day when you should be proud to be American because there are so many different countries around the world where people do not have the right to follow their own religious beliefs. This is something many of us take for granted without really thinking about it.
18th January - Winnie the Pooh Day
Who doesn't love Winnie the Pooh? AA Milne (the creator of Winnie the Pooh and his many friends) was born on 18th January 1882 so it's an appropriate day to celebrate as Winnie the Pooh Day - now where's some honey because eating honey is one of Pooh's favorite things to do!
19th January - Popcorn Day
Need an excuse to eat popcorn? You've just found one and the great thing about Popcorn Day is that there's more popcorn days later in the year too!
20th January Holidays
20th January - Cheese Day
I love cheese and Cheese Day is a great excuse to try new cheeses out whether it's in a cheese sandwich, on crackers or in a cheese souffle there's just so many ways to incorporate cheese into your day.
20th January - National Buttercrunch Day
I do love all of these food holidays and National Buttercrunch Day is another yummy day to enjoy and if you happen to have any leftover popcorn (I can't imagine why you wouldn't have finished it, but anyway....) you could always combine it with buttercrunch and macadamias in this delicious recipe - Macadamia Buttercrunch Popcorn - delicious!
21st January - National Hugging Day
Give someone a hug today - it's good for you!
22nd January Holidays
22nd January - National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day
This is a fun holiday for cat owners to celebrate, if my late cat was still alive the answers would be 'because I said so,' 'it's the dog's food not yours,' and 'the dog cannot reach that high so I know you were the one to knock it off, just because the dog had it does not make the dog the only culprit!'
I do miss my cat at times, but the amount of time he tried to get the dogs in trouble it was just like having 'human' children!
22nd January - National Blonde Brownie Day
Another delicious food holiday - eat blonde brownies all day - enough said!
23rd January Holidays
23rd Januray - Measure Your Feet Day
Well again this day is very self explanatory - you need to measure your feet! I must admit I did think I'd heard of everything when I heard this day, but it's a great excuse to pamper your feet at the same time because they certainly do work hard every day.
23rd January - National Pie Day
Another food holiday, so much for the diet! Choose your favorite pie and enjoy.
24th January - National Compliment Day
We often forget to say thank you to people let alone pay them a compliment so take the time to notice the people around you today and pay them a compliment.
25th January - Opposite Day
My daughter absolutely loves it when we have an opposite day so when she discovered that there was an 'official' Opposite Day there was no doubting that it would be celebrated in our house. It can get a little confusing sometimes, but it is a lot of fun.
26th January - Australia Day
Australia Day celebrates the establishment of the first settlement at Port Jackson in Sydney in 1788 and is used by Australians to celebrate being an Australian.
Australian T Shirts
29th January Holidays
29th January - National Puzzle Day
Doing puzzles is good for you as it improves cognitive behaviour, memory and can even keep diseases like dementia and Alzheimers at bay which has to be good. So today start getting into the habit of doing puzzles more regularly from crosswords to jigsaws or sudoku.
Celebrate National Puzzle Day with a JIgsaw Puzzle
29th January - National Corn Chip Day
In my mind National Corn Chip Day is a great excuse for throwing a Mexican party, but however you celebrate it I'm sure it will be delicious.
30th January - National Escape Day
National Escape Day isn't about people trying to emulate Houdini, instead it's about escaping things in your life that infuriate you so think about what it is you want to escape from and 'poof' escape! It could be that you leave the children at your mother in laws for a few hours and treat yourself to a bubble bath and face mask or it could be that you decide you've had enough of your boss and phone in sick for the day to watch daytime television. Whatever you decide to do, relax and enjoy.
31st January - Backwards Day
Backwards Day is a fun way of having fun with your children - say goodbye when someone visits and hello when they go are two simple ways to enjoy the day. Reading stories backwards is another activity that toddlers and preschoolers in particular enjoy - just be prepared for lots of giggling and enjoy the day.