Mark Your Calendar With These January Holidays and Observances in 2023

Major January holidays including New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Lunar New Year may come to mind when you think of the first month in 2023. Between January 1st and January 31st, though, there are a range of fun holidays, historical days of remembrance, and weeks devoted to particular themes like New Year's resolutions, happiness, and food. January holidays encompass the meaningful, the funny, and the absurd, which sounds like the perfect start to the year ahead.

The month of January brings awareness to the prevention of human trafficking as well as braille literacy and bath safety. It is also National Mentoring and Blood Donor month. Throughout the weeks, there are days set aside to remember historical moments in history. These weeks and days can weigh heavy on the heart, but there is a balance of lighter observances that offer the perfect amount of odd humor to make you smile. Some days to look forward to include National Bagel Day, Dress Up Your Pet Day, Cheese Lover's Day, and Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day.

As you open your 2023 calendar for the first time, reference the following list of January holidays and observances — and be sure to mark all the ones that hold meaning for you so you can plan to celebrate or honor with friends and family.

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Woman's Day

Sunday, Jan. 1

  • New Year's Day

  • World Day of Peace

  • Global Family Day

  • National Bloody Mary Day

  • National Hangover Day

  • Polar Bear Plunge Day

  • Solemnity of Mary

Monday, Jan. 2

  • Happy Mew Year for Cats Day

  • National Buffet Day

  • National Science Fiction Day

  • National Thank God It's Monday Day

  • World Introvert Day

  • National Cream Puff Day

Tuesday, Jan. 3

  • Festival of Sleep Day

  • International Mind-Body Wellness Day

  • JRR Tolkien Day

  • National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

Wednesday, Jan. 4

  • National Spaghetti Day

  • National Trivia Day

  • World Braille Day

  • National Missouri Day

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Prepare a bowl of spaghetti with your favorite pasta sauce. JGI/Jamie Grill - Getty Images

Thursday, Jan 5.

  • National Bird Day

  • National Keto Day

  • National Whipped Cream Day

  • National Screenwriters Day

Friday, Jan. 6

  • Epiphany

  • Armenian Orthodox Christmas

  • National Bean Day

  • National Cuddle Up Day

  • Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day)

  • National Shortbread Day

  • National Technology Day

Saturday, Jan. 7

  • Eastern Orthodox Christmas

  • National Bobblehead Day

  • Old Rock Day

  • National Play Outside Day

  • National Tempura Day

Sunday, Jan. 8

Monday, Jan. 9

  • National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

  • National Clean Your Desk Day

  • National Word Nerd Day

  • National Fourth Graders Day

  • National Apricot Day

Tuesday, Jan. 10

  • Golden Globes

  • National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

  • National Houseplant Appreciation Day

Wednesday, Jan. 11

  • National Hot Toddy Day

  • National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

  • National Milk Day

  • Paget’s Awareness Day

  • Heritage Treasures Day

  • National Arkansas Day

Thursday, Jan. 12

  • National Pharmacist Day

  • National Youth Day

  • National Marzipan Day

  • National Curried Chicken Day

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Make sure to let your pharmacist know how much you appreciate their hard work. Morsa Images - Getty Images

Friday, Jan. 13

  • Korean American Day

  • National Gluten-Free Day

  • National Rubber Ducky Day

  • National Sticker Day

Saturday, Jan. 14

  • National Dress Up Your Pet Day

  • National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

  • World Logic Day

Sunday, Jan. 15

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

  • National Bagel Day

  • National Hat Day

  • National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

Monday, Jan. 16

  • Martin Luther King Day

  • National Religious Freedom Day

  • Brew Monday

  • Blue Monday

  • National Fig Newton Day

  • International Hot and Spicy Food Day

  • National Nothing Day

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In 2023, Martin Luther King Day will be observed on Monday, January 16. Agence France Presse - Getty Images

Tuesday, Jan. 17

  • Ditch New Year's Resolution Day

  • Michelle Obama’s Birthday

  • National Hot Buttered Rum Day

  • International Mentoring Day

Wednesday, Jan. 18

  • National Thesaurus Day

  • National Winnie the Pooh Day

  • National Michigan Day

  • National Peking Duck Day

Thursday, Jan. 19

  • National Popcorn Day

  • Get to Know Your Customer Day

Friday, Jan. 20

  • National Cheese Lover's Day

  • National DJ Day

  • National Penguin Day

  • International Day of Acceptance

  • National Disc Jockey Day

Saturday, Jan. 21

  • Museum Selfie Day

  • National Hugging Day

  • National Squirrel Appreciation Day

  • International Sweatpants Day

  • National Granola Bar Day

  • National Fruitcake Toss Day

Sunday, Jan 22.

  • Lunar New Year

  • Celebration of Life Day

  • National Answer Your Cat's Questions Day

  • National Blonde Brownie Day

  • National Hot Sauce Day

  • National Polka Dot Day

Monday, Jan. 23

  • National Handwriting Day

  • National Pie Day

  • Community Manager Appreciation Day

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Time to get your pie pan out. NelliSyr - Getty Images

Tuesday, Jan. 24

  • Macintosh Computer Day

  • National Beer Can Appreciation Day

  • National Compliment Day

  • National Peanut Butter Day

  • Global Belly Laugh Day

  • International Day of Education

Wednesday, Jan. 25

  • Burns Night

  • National Irish Coffee Day

  • National Opposite Day

  • St. Dwynwen's Day

  • National Florida Day

  • Library Shelfie Day

Thursday, Jan. 26

  • Australia Day

  • National Green Juice Day

  • National Peanut Brittle Day

  • National Spouses Day

  • Indian Republic Day

Friday, Jan. 27

  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day

  • National Chocolate Cake Day

  • National Fun at Work Day

  • Vietnam Peace Day

  • World Breast Pumping Day

Saturday, Jan. 28

  • Data Privacy Day

  • Global Community Engagement Day

  • National Seed Swap Day

  • National Fun at Work Day

  • National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • National Daisy Day

  • National Kazoo Day

  • National LEGO Day

Sunday, Jan. 29

  • National Puzzle Day

  • National Corn Chip Day

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Now is a good opportunity to take out that puzzle you got at the family gift exchange.LightFieldStudios - Getty Images

Monday, Jan. 30

  • National Croissant Day

  • National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

Tuesday, Jan. 31

  • National Backward Day

  • National Hot Chocolate Day

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