January Holidays

January Holidays

Read this article to see the most significant dates in January. You can find the date of January holidays, commemortations and celebrations in this guide, along with the meaning and history of each of these days in our guide.

What Day Is Today’s January Holiday?

Date Holiday Name Location Type Meaning
1 New Year’s Day International Fun First day of the new year.
3 J.R.R. Tolkien Day International Observance Honoring the birth of J.R.R. Tolkien.
6 Feast of Epiphany   International  Religious  Celebrating the arrival of the Three Wise Man at Bethlem.
 13 Rubber Duckie Day  International  Fun Marks the day on which the rubber duckie was born.
21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day US/International Commemoration/Cause Remembering the birth of MLK
24 Compliment Day International Fun Say something positive to the people around you.
 26  Australia Day   National  National Celebrates the arrival of the first British ships to Australia.
 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day  International Commemoration   Remembering the victims of the Holocaust.

What is the Meaning of January Holidays?

January 1st in the Gregorian calendar marks the first day of the new year. Since most of the New Year’s celebrations take place on the night between December 31st and January 1st, on New Year’s Day most take the time to recover from the previous night’s celebration, It is a day to sleep in and take it easy.

On January 3rd, fantasy fans, and in particular Lord of the Rings fans, celebrate the birth of J.R.R. Tolkien. John Ronal Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3rd, 1892. He is the author of the popular fantasy novels, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and Silmarillion. To celebrate, people can organize Tolkien-inspired events, public readings of the books, or watch the movies with friends.

Christians celebrate the Feast of Epiphany on January 6th. While not as popular as Christmas, the Feast of Epiphany is an important event in the story of the birth of Christ. After following the star that marked the birth of Jesus, the Three Wise Men arrive at Bethlem bearing gifts to gaze upon the Savior.

Rubber Duckie Day is holiday inspired by Sesame Street. Nobody really knows when rubber duckies first appeared. The first rubber duckies were likely created sometime before the First World War. Ernie of Sesame Street offered 13th of January as the date on which the rubber duckie was born. Nowadays, rubber duckies are often used by NGOs and charities to raise funds.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed each year in the United States on the third Monday in January. It is a federal holiday, and as such, it does not have a fixed date. The actual birthday of MLK is January 15th. Though it is a national holiday, in recent decades it has become somewhat of an international event. It is a day on which many remember the struggle of minorities, with public events that serve to commemorate various significant events in the history of minority communities.

On the 24th of January, many celebrate Compliment Day. To celebrate, all you need to do is say something nice about someone. Wouldn’t it be nice if every day was Compliment Day?

On January 26th, Australia celebrates its National Day. It marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships to Australia, in what will later be known as Port Jackson, New South Wales. The ships arrived on January 26th 1788. Today, Australia Day is not just focused on the creation of Australia, but on the rich and diverse culture that is part of the Australian national heritage.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is celebrated throughout the world. It commemorates the millions of victims of the Holocaust. The 26th of January marks the day on which the last Nazi concentration camp was liberated. On this occassion, many take the time to remember the Holocaust and its many victims, including Jews, Romani people, LGBTQ+ people and mentally and physically disabled people. Public mourning ceremenoies, speeches and public events in honor of the victims are organised in most of the countries affected by the Holocaust.

Any January Holidays Missing?

Tell us about your favorite January holidays and how you celebrate them in the comments! Have we left anything out of our January celebrations article?

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