Our monthly holiday list is a new feature on Frugal Guidance 2. It can be used for:

  • Writing prompts for writers and bloggers,
  • Travellers,
  • Meeting planners,
  • Businesspeople,
  • Partiers (who need an excuse for a party, or not), and
  • People who create new celebrations for their cause.


The word, January, comes from the Latin Ianuarius, after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions. January was not always the beginning of the year in the old Roman Calendar, that distinction belonged to March for many years. January became the start of the year around 450 BC. Even so, it wasn’t until the 16th century that European countries began making January 1 the official beginning of the year.

Other terms for January include the Roman Ianuarius, the Saxon Wulf-monath (wolf month), the Finnish tammikuu (heart of winter), and Charlemagne’s Wintarmanoth (winter or cold month).

January’s birthstone is the garnet, representing constancy. Floral emblems are the pink carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus), the Prunus mume (in China), and in Japan the Camelia sinensis (the tea plant).

The Christian celebration of Christmas was traditionally celebrated for twelve days, ending on January 6 with Epiphany (or Twelfth Night), which is the celebration of the visitation of The Three Kings. In Latin Countries, Epiphany is also the beginning of the Carnival Season, which culminates in Mardi Gras (which comes relatively early this year on Feb. 9).


Lest we forget, 2016 will be significant in many ways. According to Chase’s Calendar of Events (and my own counting) 2016 marks:

  • The Transit of Mercury
  • The Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Brazil
  • The 50th SuperBowl football extravaganza
  • The 50th Celebration of Kwanzaa
  • The 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor
  • The 100th birthday of the National Park Service in the U.S.

Please note that the holiday lists below include religious and secular holidays, United States, national, and International holidays, commercial and governmental commemorations, and serious and frivolous celebrations. Lengthy as these calendars are, they are by no means complete. If you find an error, please offer a correction in the comments, but remember that not all holidays are celebrated on the same day in every country or by every church or religion. A list of sources and other resources completes our list, below.

January, 2016, Holidays – International Calendar
January, all month National Bath Safety Month
January, all month National Blood Donor Month
January, all month National Braille Literacy Month
January, all month National Hobby Month
January, all month National Mentoring Month
January, all month National Glaucoma Awareness Month
January, all month Cervical Health Awareness Month
January, all month March of Dimes Birth Defects Prevention Month
January, all month Human Resource Month
January, all month Retail Bakers Month
January, all month Thyroid Disease Awareness Month
January, all month Volunteer Blood Donor Month
January, all month Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Month
January, all month National Radon Action Month
January, all month Adopt a Rescued Bird Month
January, all month National Physiotherapy Month (Canada)
January, all month National Healthy Weight Awareness Month
January, all month National Codependency Awareness Month
January, all month Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
January, all month Stalking Awareness Month
January, 2nd week Letter Writing Week
January, 3rd week International Printing Week
January, 3rd week World Kiwanis Week
January, 4th week National Handwriting Analysis Week
January, 1-19 Conclusion of Capricorn
January 20-31 Beginning of Aquarius
January 1-14 Conclusion of Dhanurmas (Hindu)
January 18-20 Fast of Ninevah (Eastern Christian Church)

Friday, January 01 New Year’s Day
Friday, January 01 Czech Republic Restoration Day (Czech Republic)
Friday, January 01 Est. of Slovakia Day (Slovak Republic)
Friday, January 01 Feast Day of St. Basil (Orthodox Christian)
Friday, January 01 Solemnity of Mary / Octave of Christmas (Roman Catholic)
Friday, January 01 Children’s Day (Bahamas)
Friday, January 01 Independence Day (Haiti, Sudan)
Saturday, January 02 Berchtolds Day (Switzerland)
Saturday, January 02 Run it up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day
Sunday, January 03 Festival of Sleep Day
Sunday, January 03 Fruitcake Toss Day
Monday, January 04 Trivia Day
Monday, January 04 Handsel Monday (Scotland & Northern England)
Tuesday, January 05 Twelfth Night
Tuesday, January 05 Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti (India)
Tuesday, January 05 National Bird Day (US)
Wednesday, January 06 Epiphany –12th Day of Christmas (Three Wise Men day)
Wednesday, January 06 Cuddle Up Day
Wednesday, January 06 Iraq Army Day (Iraq)
Thursday, January 07 Orthodox Christian Christmas (Dec. 25th in Julian Calendar)
Thursday, January 07 Cambodia Victory over Genocide Day
Thursday, January 07 Old Rock Day
Friday, January 08 Bubble Bath Day (US)
Saturday, January 09 Bosnia and Herzegovina Republic Day
Saturday, January 09 Panama Martyr’s Day
Saturday, January 09 Children’s Day (Thailand)
Sunday, January 10 Yom Kippur Katan (Minor day of atonment, Jewish)
Sunday, January 10 Houseplant Appreciation Day
Sunday, January 10 Baptism of the Lord (Catholic, Anglican)
Sunday, January 10 Peculiar People Day
Monday, January 11 Bahamas Majority Rule Day
Monday, January 11 Coming of Age Day (Japan)
Monday, January 11 Morocco Proclamation of Independence Day
Monday, January 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Tuesday, January 12 Birthday of Swami Vivekananda (India)
Tuesday, January 12 National Pharmacist Day (US)
Tuesday, January 12 Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day
Wednesday, January 13 Stephen Foster Memorial Day (U.S.)
Wednesday, January 13 International Skeptics Day
Wednesday, January 13 Make Your Dream Come True Day
Thursday, January 14 Orthodox New Year (Julian Calendar)
Thursday, January 14 Pongai (India)
Thursday, January 14 Dress Up Your Pet Day
Friday, January 15 National Hat Day
Saturday, January 16 National Nothing Day
Saturday, January 16 Appreciate a Dragon Day
Sunday, January 17 Uzhavar Tirunal (India)
Sunday, January 17 Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday
Sunday, January 17 Feast of the Santo Niño (Phillipines)
Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (U.S.)
Monday, January 18 The Confession of St. Peter the Apostle (Anglican)
Monday, January 18 Thesaurus Day (Peter Roget born, 1779)
Monday, January 18 Winnie the Pooh Day (A. A. Milne born, 1882)
Tuesday, January 19 Eastern Orthodox Epiphany (or Theophany–Jan. 6th in the Julian calendar)
Wednesday, January 20 Azerbaijan Martyrs Day
Wednesday, January 20 Penguin Awareness Day
Thursday, January 21 National Hugging Day
Thursday, January 21 Squirrel Appreciation Day (but don’t try hugging one)
Friday, January 22 Bolivia Plurinational State Foundation Day
Saturday, January 23 Netaji Subhas Chandra Jayanti (India)
Saturday, January 23 National Handwriting Day (U.S.)
Sunday, January 24 Beer Can Appreciation Day (1935–beer first sold in cans)
Sunday, January 24 Septuagesima (Christian)
Sunday, January 24 Compliment Day
Monday, January 25 Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat (Jewish)
Monday, January 25 The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle (Anglican)
Monday, January 25 Auckland Anniversary (Auckland, New Zealand)
Monday, January 25 Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
Tuesday, January 26 Republic Day (India)
Tuesday, January 26 Australia Day
Wednesday, January 27 Mozart’s Birthday
Thursday, January 28 National Kazoo Day
Friday, January 29 National Puzzle Day
Saturday, January 30 National Inane Answering Message Day
Sunday, January 31 Sexagesima (Christian)
Sunday, January 31 Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
Sunday, January 31 Franz Schubert’s Birthday (see composer birthday list also)

Food Celebrations

January, 2016, Food Holidays
January 1-7, 2016 Diet Resolution Week
January, 2nd week National Pizza Week
January, 4th week National Meat Week
January, 4th week National Irish Coffee Week
January, 4th week Farmhouse Breakfast Week (U.K.)

Friday, January 01 Bloody Mary Day
Friday, January 01 Apple Gifting Day
Saturday, January 02 National Cream Puff Day
Sunday, January 03 Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
Monday, January 04 National Spaghetti Day
Tuesday, January 05 National Whipped Cream Day
Wednesday, January 06 Bean Day
Wednesday, January 06 Epiphany (make an Epiphany cake)
Wednesday, January 06 National Shortbread Day
Thursday, January 07 National Tempura Day
Friday, January 08 English Toffee Day
Saturday, January 09 National Apricot Day
Sunday, January 10 Bittersweet Chocolate Day
Monday, January 11 Milk Day
Monday, January 11 Hot Toddy Day
Monday, January 11 German Apples Day (Tag des Deutschen Apfels)
Tuesday, January 12 Curried Chicken Day
Wednesday, January 13 National Peach Melba Day
Thursday, January 14 National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
Friday, January 15 Strawberry Ice Cream Day
Saturday, January 16 National Fig Newton Day
Saturday, January 16 International Hot & Spicy Food Day
Sunday, January 17 Hot Buttered Rum Day
Monday, January 18 Peking Duck Day
Tuesday, January 19 National Popcorn Day
Wednesday, January 20 National Buttercrunch Day
Wednesday, January 20 National Cheese Lover’s Day
Wednesday, January 20 National Granola Bar Day
Wednesday, January 20 National Coffee Break Day
Wednesday, January 20 Welsh Potato Day (U.K.)
Thursday, January 21 New England Clam Chowder Day
Friday, January 22 National Blonde Brownie Day
Saturday, January 23 National Pie Day
Sunday, January 24 National Peanut Butter Day
Monday, January 25 National Irish Coffee Day
Monday, January 25 National Potato Day (U.K.)
Tuesday, January 26 National Pistachio Day
Wednesday, January 27 Chocolate Cake Day
Thursday, January 28 National Blueberry Pancake Day
Friday, January 29 National Corn Chip Day
Saturday, January 30 National Croissant Day
Sunday, January 31 Brandy Alexander Day

Composers’ Birthdays

Composer Birthdays – January
January 1, 1701 Johan Joachim Agrell
January 2, 1732 Franz Xaver Brixi
January 2, 1837 Mili Alexeyevich Balakirev
January 2, 1905 Sir Michael Kemp Tippett
January 4, 1710 Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
January 4, 1720 Johann Friedrich Agricola
January 4, 1874 Josef Suk
January 5, 1880 Nicolai Karlovich Medtner
January 6, 1695 Giuseppe Sammartini
January 6, 1838 Max Bruch
January 6, 1850 Franz Xaver Scharwenka
January 6, 1856 Giuseppe Martucci
January 6, 1872 Alexander Nikolaevich Scriabin
January 7, 1876 William Yeates Hurlstone
January 7, 1899 Francis Poulenc
January 8, 1668 Jean Hyacinthe Theodore Gilles
January 8, 1788 Archduke Of Austria Rudolph
January 8, 1812 Sigismond Thalberg
January 9, 1839 John Knowles Paine
January 11, 1856 Johann Christian Sinding
January 11, 1875 Reinhold Gliere
January 11, 1902 Maurice Duruflé
January 12, 1715 Jacques Duphly
January 12, 1876 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
January 13, 1683 Christoph Graupner
January 13, 1690 Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel
January 13, 1866 Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov
January 13, 1904 Richard Addinsell
January 14, 1780 François-Joseph Dizi
January 16, 1672 Francesco Mancini
January 16, 1905 Ernesto Halffter
January 17, 1706 Benjamin Franklin
January 17, 1712 John Stanley
January 17, 1728 Johann Gottfried Muthel
January 17, 1734 François-Joseph Gossec
January 17, 1850 Alexander Sergeievich Taneyev
January 18, 1835 Cesar Cui
January 18, 1841 Alexis-Emmanuel Chabrier
January 20, 1586 Johann Hermann Schein
January 20, 1703 Joseph-Hector Fiocco
January 20, 1855 Amedee-Ernest Chausson
January 20, 1870 Guillaume Lekeu
January 20, 1894 Walter Hamor Piston
January 20, 1899 Alexander Tcherepnin
January 22, 1727 Claude-Bénigne Balbastre
January 22, 1870 Charles Arnould Tournemire
January 22, 1901 Hans Erich Apostel
January 22, 1916 Henri Dutilleux
January 23, 1752 Muzio Clementi
January 23, 1878 Rutland Boughton
January 24, 1712 Frederich The Great
January 24, 1776 Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann
January 24, 1913 Norman Dello Joio
January 25, 1851 Jan Blockx
January 25, 1886 Wilhelm Fürtwangler
January 25, 1913 Witold Lutoslavski
January 26, 1852 Frederick Corder
January 27, 1756 Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart
January 27, 1806 Juan Crisostomo Jacobo Antonio de Arriaga
January 27, 1823 Edouard-Victoire-Antoine Lalo
January 28, 1722 Johann Ernst Bach
January 28, 1900 Michael Dewar Head
January 28, 1944 John Tavener
January 29, 1715 Georg Christoph Wagenseil
January 29, 1782 Daniel-François-Esprit Auber
January 29, 1784 Ferdinand Ries
January 29, 1801 Johannes Bernardus van Bree
January 29, 1862 Frederick (Fritz) Theodor Albert Delius
January 29, 1876 Havergal Brian
January 29, 1893 Martian Negrea
January 30, 1566 Alessandro Piccinini
January 30, 1697 Johann Joachim Quantz
January 30, 1861 Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler
January 31, 1759 François Devienne
January 31, 1797 Franz Peter Schubert
January 31, 1798 Carl Gottlieb Reissiger
January 31, 1906 Benjamin Frankel

Wanted: Your suggestions to improve this list

Please feel free to add your ideas for additional calendars or lists to include in future monthly calendars in the Comments, below. Thanks.