Welcome a New Year: January 2024 Holidays and Observances

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! If that hurt your head, you might have celebrated a little too much.

When you’re feeling better, we have some great tools and ideas for making this your best year yet—like free downloads for your planner, tips on journaling for self-care and different ways to connect with your favorite people.

So let’s flip the calendar page, check out January holidays and observances, and start thinking about who we’re celebrating and connecting with this month. 

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Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

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Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

Your Special Days in January  

Grab your calendar and a notepad. For your personal list of notes to write and cards to send, think about:


Time to stock up?

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New Year’s Day is January 1. 

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National Clean Off Your Desk Day is January 8.

January Holidays and Observances  

January All Month

National Braille Literacy Month 


January 1

New Year’s Day


January 6

Día de los Tres Reyes Magos/Three Kings Day (Christian)

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National Houseplant Appreciation Day is January 10.

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National Dress Up Your Pet Day is January 14.


January 8

National Clean Off Your Desk Day


January 10

National Houseplant Appreciation Day

  • If you can keep them alive, you deserve to celebrate!


January 14-20

Universal Letter Writing Week


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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is January 15.

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National Handwriting Day is January 23.


January 14

National Dress Up Your Pet Day


January 15

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Makar Sankranti (Hindu)

  • This is a festival to honor Lord Surya, the sun god. The celebration includes immersing oneself into the river to wash away sins, eating sweet treats and flying kites.


January 19

National Popcorn Day

  • Celebrate! Then floss.
  • Browse recipes


January 20

National Cheese Lover’s Day

  • Take a dairy pill and celebrate the cheesy goodness.


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National Compliment Day is January 24.

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National Spouse’s Day is January 26.


January 23

National Handwriting Day

  • Write in a journal, write a love letter, write a story. Just don’t write on the bathroom walls, please. 
  • Learn about journaling for self-care.


January 24

National Compliment Day


January 26

National Spouse’s Day


January 27

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

  • A day to honor and remember members of the Jewish community and other victims who lost their lives to acts of genocide prior to and throughout World War II. By honoring their memory, we help ensure that it never happens again.

More Ideas for January  

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Your Family

If your family is all in for ringing in the new year together, you might find some of these ideas helpful for keeping the fun going.

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Make Journaling Part of Your 2024 Self-Care Plan

Writing is a great form of therapy and encourages your creative side. Check out these tips for making your journal even more meaningful.

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Update Your Address Book

As you flip the calendar to a new year, it’s the perfect time to get organized and make sure you have everybody’s correct contact information.

January Celebration Planner  

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Download this January 2024 celebration planner page to help you get organized in the new year. IT’S FREE!

Digital Wallpapers  

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Give your phone and computer screens a fresh start with this brightly colored abstract art. Download your free January 2024 digital wallpapers below.



January Birthday Cake Toppers  

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Celebrating some January babies soon? Download these free cake toppers to decorate their birthday cake!