January Holidays and Observances

With January comes the start of the year and a continuation of the festive period! We're in the throes of winter in January and although the celebrations aren't as plenteous as in other months, there's still plenty to celebrate and observe! In fact, January is overrun with month-long observances all about prioritising your health and expanding your brain. On a week-by-week basis, you'll find a list of somewhere unusual but fun observances. Don't forget those one-off holidays, either! You'll find plenty of opportunities in January to get your year off on the right foot with wellness observations and historical observances. Don't forget to swot up on those resolutions! 


January Month-Long Observances


These celebrations last for the entire month of January. It doesn't matter when you mention them in your marketing, but if there is one or two relevant to your products or services, be sure to make a big deal about them! 

  • National Hobby Month
  • National Book Month
  • National Get Organised Month
  • International Creativity Month
  • National Mentoring Month
  • It's Okay to Be Different Month
  • Reference Book Month
  • High-Tech Month
  • Reaching Your Potential Month
  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month
  • National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month
  • Thyroid Awareness Month
  • National Stalking Awareness Month

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January Week-Long Observances

There's plenty to observe, celebrate and raise awareness of each week in January! Highlighting week-long celebrations on your Insta or in your newsletter are great ways for joining a current conversation! Look for hashtags related to the observance to ensure your reach goes a bit further! And don't forget to spend some time checking out other posts, too. This is a great way to join the conversation and naturally build brand awareness. Remember that some of these observances may not be big in your country yet, but there's no reason you can't join in on the fun, especially if you ship your product or deliver your service globally! 

  • Universal Letter Writing Week (second week)
  • Folic Acid Awareness Week (second week)
  • Pizza Week (starts on the first Sunday of the month)
  • Hot Air Balloon Week (fourth week)
  • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (fourth week)
  • Junior Achievement Week (fourth week)
  • School Choice Week (last week)

January Special Days and Observances

It's the one-off January holidays and observances that can really drive sales and brand awareness! And you might be surprised to learn just how many opportunities for jumping on the bandwagon you'll have in January! 


  • 1 January: New Year's Day
  • 2 January: National Science Fiction Day
  • 3 January: JRR Tolkien Day
  • 4 January: Trivia Day
  • 5 January: National Bird Day
  • 6 January: Sherlock Holmes' Birthday
  • 7 January: Old Rock Day
  • 8 January: Bubble Bath Day
  • 9 January: National Static Electricity Day
  • 9 January: Word Nerd Day
  • 10 January: Peculiar People Day
  • 11 January: Amelia Earhart Day
  • 12 January: National Pharmacist Day
  • 13 January: Make Your Dream Come True Day
  • 14 January: Ratification Day (Treaty of Paris)
  • 15 January: Strawberry Ice Cream day
  • 16 January: Appreciate a Dragon Day
  • 17 January: Benjamin Franklin's Birthday
  • 18 January: Thesaurus Day
  • 19 January: National Popcorn Day
  • 21 January: National Hugging Day
  • 21 January: Martin Luther King Day
  • 23 January: National Handwriting Day
  • 24 January: National Compliment Day
  • 24 January: Clashing Clothes Day
  • 25 January: Burns Night
  • 26 January: Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement
  • 28 January: National Kazoo Day
  • 29 January: National Puzzle Day
  • 30 January: Draw a Dinosaur Day
  • 31 January: Backwards Day

Other Holidays and Ob

February Holidays and Observances
March Holidays and Observances
April Holidays and Observances