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The month of January kicks off a new year, and with it a bunch of celebrations from small to large for people to participate in. From day one, there's already a major holiday with New Year's Day being observed federally on January 1.

And of course with New Year's Day comes the promise of resolutions about changing your life, health, career, finances. And throughout the month there are monthly, weekly, and daily events that you may not have known about but will have fun celebrating.

These January holidays give you excuses to indulge in things like hot tea, oatmeal, spaghetti, and bubble baths. They'll also remind you to appreciate things like penguins, squirrels, and the powers of bubble wrap. And while there are many silly and fun holidays, there are also important days of commemoration throughout the month as well. They'll help you prioritize vital issues like blood donation and civil rights.

Top 10 Most Popular Holidays In January Around The World

(by KnowInsiders)

1.New Year Day-Saturday, Jan 1, 2022

2.National Hangover Day-Saturday, Jan 1, 2022

3. National Thank God It’s Monday Day – Monday, Jan 3, 2022

4. Festival of Sleep Day-Monday, Jan 3, 2022

5. Epiphany-Thursday, Jan 6, 2022

6. Makar Sankranti/Pongal-Friday, Jan 14, 2022

7. Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday-Saturday, Jan 15, 2022

8.National Hugging Day-Friday, Jan 21, 2022

9. International Holocaust Remembrance Day- Thursday, Jan 27, 2022

10. National Hot Chocolate Day- Monday, Jan 31, 2022


What AreMost Popular Holidays In January In The World?

1.New Year Day-Saturday, Jan 1

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The January Holidays start off with New Years Day - the start of a brand new year! A time for a fresh start and setting some realistic New Years Resolutions. If you indulged a little more than you should have on New Years Eve, the day might be a quiet one in bed recovering from the night before!

Why Celebrated: It is celebrated to mark the first day of a new year according to the Gregorian and Julian calendar.

Where Celebrated: Everywhere in the world (apart from China)

New Year’s Day is widely celebrated and is one of the most popular holidays in January. It is celebrated from midnight when fireworks are let off, and people bang pots and pans, sing, dance and drink. Some people even kiss. Most people do this because, traditionally, it is meant to bring good luck for the coming year. The goal is to learn from the past year’s mistakes and enjoy the new year as a clean slate.

It is one of the oldest holidays globally, coming into existence when Julius Caesar introduced the Julian Calendar nearly 2,000 years ago. Originally, it was celebrated in more of a paganistic nature and moved to a Roman Catholic nature soon after. Still, in about the 19th or 20th century, the day and celebrations celebrated from the religious aspect and became more of a celebration.

Despite the disassociation with religion, there are still various superstitions and traditions surrounding New Year’s celebrations. The main one is the New Years resolution, where people will typically claim that they will do something for the new year like quit smoking or go to the gym or find a new job, but usually, the resolutions last a few days or a few weeks at most.

2.National Hangover Day-Saturday, Jan 1

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New Year’s Eve is often a time to seriously party. If you’re like many, there’s a decent chance you’re greeting the new year with one or two (or six) cocktails. Unfortunately, drinking too much can bring some rather unpleasant results. Alcohol can get pretty unfriendly 12 hours after the fact. So, if New Year’s Day turns into National Hangover Day, read on for some tips and tricks to feel better on January 1. After all, tomorrow’s a work day.


Have some hangover relief remedies ready

Prepare by stocking up on essentials that will help you feel a little more like your true self after a night of partying. Ibuprofen, sports drinks, greasy potato chips, antacids — whatever your preferred hangover remedies are, make sure that you have them on hand.

Host a hangover brunch

If you're feeling really ambitious, why not throw a party? After all, the cure to your hangover may just be a really awesome Bloody Mary.

Drink some...Pedialyte?

This wasn't invented for hangover relief, of course, but it just might help. The drink, marketed for use by children, can replace nutrients and electrolytes your body might need to feel better.

Hangover Day makes us feel connected

If you wake up with a hangover on January 1, you're going to be in good company. National Hangover Day reminds us that we're not the only ones who may have made some poor choices the night before. There are plenty of other people riding the "struggle bus" right along with us.

3. National Thank God It’s Monday DayMonday, Jan 3

National Thank God It’s Monday Day encourages us to celebrate the first Monday of the new year with vigor and energy.

Not only does the observance focus on the first Monday in January, but on every Monday throughout the year. Mondays are often full of new beginnings. New jobs often start on Mondays. Couples usually marry on weekends and a Monday represents the first work week of their new lives together. Many federal holidays take place on Mondays and therefore special occasions frequently take place on Mondays throughout the year.

Besides the scheduled events, many random events occur on a Monday. When Monday repeats between 52 and 53 times out of the year, important things will happen. It’s 1/7th of our life. Blaming Monday for our woes (traffic) doesn’t improve our personal track record in life (being late). Stop shaming Monday and look at what Monday has to offer.

Freshly brewed coffee to keep us perky

Opportunity for a bright future

52 chances to see a beautiful sunrise

A new week share your talents with the world

52 opportunities to teach someone a new skill that will better their lives

Each Monday offers the potential of meeting new people

4. Festival of Sleep Day-Monday, Jan 3

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The Festival of Sleep Day was encouraged so that people could enjoy some relaxation and much-needed “shut-eye” after the holiday period. During the Christmas period, we tend to do a lot of partying and not a lot of resting. The Festival of Sleep Day ensures that you have all of the time that you need to recoup and recover. As you will discover in the upcoming sections, this is incredibly important.

There are a number of different steps you can take to make sure that you get a good night’s sleep. This includes evaluating your bedroom. It needs to be a place that is calming and soothing. The temperature needs to be just right as well. It is also important to try and go to sleep around the same time every evening and wake up at roughly the same time, even on weekends. This will help your body to get into a routine.

READ MORE: Top 20 Weirdest and Most Bizarre Festivals in the World

5. Epiphany-Thursday, Jan 6

For those who thought that Christmas was over, Epiphany, celebrated on January 6, marks the final celebratory day of the Christian holiday season! While most people begin taking down their Christmas decorations by New Year’s, there is still a full week before many practicing Christians complete their celebrations of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is commonly associated with the day the Three Wise Men arrived at the manger and has several different names throughout history and cultures.

As early as the fourth century, churches of the Eastern Roman Empire were celebrating Christmas on January 6. Those in the West were celebrating on December 25, which is why some places refer to the Feast of the Epiphany as Old Christmas. Since then, many cultures have developed their own names and traditions to celebrate this day. For example, in Scandinavia, they celebrate what they call Little Christmas Eve on December 23. In Spain, children traditionally did not receive their presents on Christmas Day but instead on January 6, in commemoration of the day the Wise Men arrived in Bethlehem bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. In Ireland, they also call Little Christmas Women’s Christmas, because Irish men take on the household duties for the day. Other popular traditions include singing, chalking the door, having one’s house blessed, eating a three kings cake, going to church, and winter swimming. It is also customary for many Christians to remove their Christmas decorations on Epiphany Eve, although other Christian countries historically remove them on Candlemas, the conclusion of the Epiphanytide. According to the first tradition, those who fail to remember to remove their Christmas decorations on Epiphany Eve must leave them untouched until Candlemas.

6. Makar Sankranti/Pongal-Friday, Jan 14

Makar Sankranti is the first major festival to be celebrated in India and usually takes place in January, this year the festival will be celebrated on January 14. Makar Sankranti is a major harvest festival celebrated by Hindus across India, however different states celebrated the festival under different names, traditions and festivities. Makar Sankranti marks the end of winter as well as the beginning of longer days on account of the sun's northward journey, this period is also known as Uttarayan on this account and is considered to be very auspicious.

The harvest festival is both a religious as well as seasonal observance, and is dedicated to Lord Surya, the Sun God and marks the sun's transit into Makara (Capricorn) raashi (zodiac sign). The festival is majorly celebrated in the Indian Subcontinent and also by Indians and Hindus around the world. The festivities related to Makar Sankranti have many names depending on the region it is being celebrated in.

For example, by north Indian Hindus and Sikhs, it is called Maghi and is preceded by Lohri. It is called Makara Sankranti and also Poush sôngkrānti in Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka and Telangana, Sukarat in central India, Magh Bihu by Assamese, and Thai Pongal or Pongal by Tamils.

7. Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday-Saturday, Jan 15

On January 15, we celebrate the birthday of civil right’s leader, Martin Luther King. When we hear his name, we most often think of his legendary “I Have A Dream” speech, the civil rights movement, and, sadly, his assassination. When we celebrate his birthday, let’s take a few moments to look into the personal story of the man himself.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia to Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. King’s given name at birth was Michael King, which was also his father’s original name, but after a period of gradual transitioning by the elder King, he changed both his and his son’s names in 1934.

King was a middle child, between older sister Christine King Farris and younger brother A.D. King. He sang with his church choir at the 1939 Atlanta premiere of the film “Gone with the Wind” and enjoyed singing and music. When King was a child, he befriended a white boy whose father owned a business near his family’s home. When the boys were six, they started school: King attended one for African Americans and his friend went to one specifically for white children. Their friendship ended because the boy’s father didn’t want his son playing with a black child.

8.National Hugging Day-Friday, Jan 21

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Why Celebrated: To get people to hug each other more often.

Although this fun and innocent day started in the US in the mid-1980s, it has since become a global day that encourages family, friends and even strangers to hug each other. Studies have shown that a 20-second hug relieves tension and reduces stress, so partaking in the festivities is a great stress relief! The holiday originated from the idea that people don’t have much to celebrate in between Christmas, New Years, and Valentine’s Day.

9. International Holocaust Remembrance Day- Thursday, Jan 27

From 1941 to 1945 Nazi Germany and its collaborators committed the systematic murder of over six million Jews. The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, was Nazi Germany’s “Final Solution” for eliminating all Jewish people within Nazi Germany’s grasp. By the end of this heinous act, roughly two-thirds of Europe’s Jewish population had been murdered.

The United Nations General Assembly’s resolution 60/7 designated International Holocaust Remembrance Day on November 1, 2005, during the 42nd plenary session. Join us on January 27 for International Holocaust Remembrance Day when remember the Nazi’s act of genocide so that no one else will suffer like that again.

10. National Hot Chocolate Day- Monday, Jan 31

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Few beverages are as deep-rooted in culture of Americans’ collective childhood quite like hot chocolate. This drink reminds us of raining days, skiing, sledding, or even a quiet day watching the snow fall. It’s thick, silky, toasty, and usually smothered in whipped cream—no other drink brings warmth to our lives and tastebuds quite like hot chocolate. Cozy up with your favorite mug because on January 31, we celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day, a day devoted to our favorite chocolate beverage.


Drink up

Indulge in your favorite hot chocolate by heading down to your local coffee shop or restaurant with your go-to drink. The truly best way to celebrate hot chocolate in all it's chocolatey glory is simply drinking it!

Make your own marshmallows and whipped cream

Whipped cream and marshmallows are surprisingly easy to make. Marshmallows are a simple combination of gelatin, vanilla, sugar and corn syrup while whipped cream is just whipping cream beaten with sugar. Find a new recipe online and put your culinary skills to this easy test—you'll have a tasty recipe to sweeten up your chocolate-y repertoire.

Host a hot chocolate sampler

Today there's an endless array of hot chocolate concoctions: Mexican hot chocolate, white hot chocolate, creme de menthe hot chocolate, gingerbread hot chocolate... you get the idea. Make the happy hour a sweet sensation with friends by preparing some quirky hot chocolate flavors—it'll liven up everyone's favorite winter sip.

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