January 2021 global holidays and events

January 2021 being the first month of new year brings positive vibes into every individual’s life. People look forward to the new year with joy and excitement by taking resolutions. Starting from January 1st till 31st, we have listed out the global holidays. So let’s have a look at the list of January Global Holidays here.

The list of January global holidays for the calendar year 2021 is:

DateWeekdayHoliday or ObservanceCalendar
Jan 1, 2021FridayWestern New Year
Jan 6, 2021WednesdayEpiphany
Jan 7, 2021ThursdayOrthodox Christmasorthodox
Jan 14, 2021ThursdayOrthodox New Yearorthodox
Jan 14, 2021ThursdayTamil Thai Pongal Daysolar
Jan 19, 2021TuesdayAquarius (UTC)solar
Jan 28, 2021ThursdayThaipusamhindu solar
January Global Holidays 2021
January Global Holidays 2021

January Global Holidays 1st January – Western New Year, a holiday in almost all the countries of the world since it is the first day of the year. 

January Global Holidays 6th January – Epiphany is observed by Christians. Many Christians throughout the world seasonally celebrate Epiphany on January 6. According to the Christian Bible, it is a public holiday in many countries and records two events in Jesus Christ’s life. The first event was when the three wise men, or kings, visited infant Jesus. The second event was when St. John the Baptist baptized Jesus.

January Global Holidays 7th January – Orthodox Christmas is when several Christians observe Jesus’ birthday on December 25, but some hold tradition by celebrating the date on January 7. Christmas on January 7 is also known as Old Christmas Day.

January Global Holidays 14th January – Orthodox New Year, also recognised as the Old New Year, according to the Julian calendar, is on January 14 in the Gregorian calendar. The Julian calendar pre-dates the Gregorian calendar.

January Global Holidays 14th January – Tamil Thai Pongal Day is a harvest and thanksgiving festival denoting the start of spring, the conclusion of the traditional farming season and the gathering of the first food from the harvest.

January Global Holidays 2021
January Global Holidays 2021

US January Global Holidays 2021

DateNameTypeCelebrated in
1 JanuaryNew Year’s DayFederal Holiday
6 JanuaryEpiphanyChristian
7 JanuaryOrthodox Christmas DayOrthodox
14 JanuaryOrthodox New YearOrthodox
18 JanuaryMartin Luther King Jr. DayFederal Holiday
18 JanuaryRobert E. Lee’s BirthdayState holidayAlabama, Mississippi
18 JanuaryIdaho Human Rights DayState holidayIdaho
18 JanuaryCivil Rights DayState holidayArizona, New Hampshire
19 JanuaryRobert E. Lee’s BirthdayState holidayFlorida
19 JanuaryConfederate Heroes’ DayState holidayTexas
20 JanuaryInauguration DayState holidayDC, LA, MD, VA
28 JanuaryTu Bishvat/Tu B’ShevatJewish holiday

UK January Global Holidays 2021

1 JanuaryNew Year’s DayBank holiday
4 January2nd January (substitute day)Local Bank Holiday
6 JanuaryEpiphanyChristian
7 JanuaryOrthodox Christmas DayOrthodox
14 JanuaryOrthodox New YearOrthodox
close up photo of a snow globe on wooden surface
January Global Holidays 2021

Holidays, Events and Festivals in January 2021

1st January, 2021

  • Founding of Republic of China: Taiwan.
  • Independence Day: Cameroon, Haiti, Palau, Sudan, Western Samoa.
  • National Liberation Day: Cuba.
  • New Year: Algeria, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

3rd January, 2021
Revolution Day: Burkina Faso.

4th January, 2021

  • Independence Day: Burma.
  • Martyrs of Independence Day: Zaire.

6th January, 2021

  • Army Day: Iraq.
  • Children’s Day: Uruguay.

9th January, 2021
Martyr’s Day: Panama.

11th January, 2021

  • Republic Day: Albania.
  • Unification Day: Nepal.

12th January, 2021
Revolution Day: Tanzania.

13th January, 2021
Liberation Day: Togo.

15th January, 2021

  • Arbor Day: Jordan.
  • Coming-of-Age Day: Japan.
  • Lima Foundation Week: Peru.
  • Tamil Thai Pongal Day: Sri Lanka.

19th January, 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968): United States of America.

20th January, 2021
Award Day: Mali.

21st January, 2021

  • Altagracia Day: Dominican Republic.
  • Army Day: Lesotho.
  • Errol Barrow Day: Barbados.

22nd January, 2021
Discovery Day: Saint Vincent.

26th January, 2021

  • Australia Day: Australia.
  • Duarte Day: Dominican Republic.
  • Liberation Day: Uganda.
  • Republic Day: India.

27th January, 2021

  • Saint Devota’s Day: Monaco.
  • Vietnam Day: Vietnam.

28th January, 2021
Democracy Day: Rwanda.

31st January, 2021
Independence Day: Nauru.

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January 2021 daily holidays, special days

January 1, 2021

  • National Hangover Day
  • New Year’s Day

January 2, 2021

  • International Stop Spam Day
  • Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day

January 3, 2021

  • Feast of the Epiphany – Three Kings – date varies
  • Festival of Sleep Day
  • Fruitcake Toss Day
  • Humiliation Day

January 4, 2021

  • National Spaghetti Day
  • Trivia Day

January 5, 2021
National Bird Day

January 6, 2021

  • Bean Day
  • Cuddle Up Day

January 7, 2021
Old Rock Day

January 8, 2021

  • Bubble Bath Day
  • Male Watcher’s Day

January 9, 2021
Play God Day

January 10, 2021

  • Bittersweet Chocolate Day
  • Houseplant Appreciation Day
  • Peculiar People Day

January 11, 2021

  • Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
  • Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend’s Day

January 12, 2021

  • Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day
  • National Hot Tea Day
  • National Pharmacist Day

January 13, 2021

  • International Skeptics Day
  • Make Your Dream Come True Day
  • National Rubber Duckie Day
  • National Take the Stairs Day – second Wednesday of month

January 14, 2021
Dress Up Your Pet Day

January 15, 2021

  • National Bagel Day
  • National Hat Day

January 16, 2021

  • Appreciate a Dragon Day
  • National Nothing Day

January 17, 2021
Ditch New Years Resolutions Day

January 18, 2021

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday , celebrated on the third Monday
  • Thesaurus Day
  • Winnie the Pooh Day -The Birthday of Winnie’s author A.A. Milne

January 19, 2021

  • National Popcorn Day
  • National Tin Can Day

January 20, 2021

  • National Buttercrunch Day
  • National Cheese Lover Day
  • Penguin Awareness Day

January 21, 2021

  • National Hugging Day
  • Squirrel Appreciation Day

January 22, 2021
National Blonde Brownie Day

January 23, 2021

  • National Pie Day
  • National Handwriting Day
  • Measure Your Feet Day- we only ask….”Why!?!”

January 24, 2021

  • Beer Can Appreciation Day
  • Compliment Day
  • Global Belly Laugh Day

January 25, 2021

  • Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day – last Monday of month
  • Opposite Day

January 26, 2021

  • Australia Day
  • Spouse’s Day

January 27, 2021

  • Chocolate Cake Day
  • Punch the Clock Day

January 28, 2021

  • Data Privacy Day
  • Fun at Work Day
  • National Kazoo Day

January 29, 2021

  • National Puzzle Day
  • National Cornchip Day

January 30, 2021

  • National Inane Answering Message Day
  • National Seed Swap Day – Last Saturday in January

January 31, 2021

  • Backward Day
  • Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

(Sources: Qppstudio.net, Travelnotes.org, Holidayinsights.com)

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