10 January Events and Holidays Not To Miss

New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Lunar New Year, and more

By Macaroni KID December 27, 2022

Welcome to 2023! We are easing into the new year with our families by marking these 10 events and holidays happening in January. We hope some of them give your family reason to celebrate and laugh together too, while others inspire you, and also give room for thoughtful family discussions on things like: How can YOU make a positive difference in our world in 2023?

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1. New Year's Day

We are ringing in 2023 with feelings of gratitude, along with hope for a brighter year ahead. Jan. 1

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2. Dress Up Your Pet Day

Dress up your dog, goat, guinea pig, or cat. Pets aren't cooperative? Paint your kids' faces to dress up as their favorite animal. Jan. 14

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3. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Celebrate the life of the great leader of the Civil Rights movement by doing something to effect positive change in your community today. Jan. 16

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4. Kid Inventors' Day

What do televisions, water skis, and earmuffs have in common? They were all invented by kids! More than 500,000 children and teens invent gadgets and games each year. Held each year on Benjamin Franklin's birthday (he invented the first swim flippers at age 12). Jan. 17

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5. Ditch Your Resolutions Day

This is one day we're planning on NOT taking part in! Jan. 17

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6. Popcorn Day

We're popping with excitement for Popcorn Day! Check out our list of yummy popcorn seasonings and mix-ins! Jan. 19

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7. National Hugging Day

Kevin Zaborney invented this holiday in 1986 to encourage family and friends to hug more often. There are many actual health benefits to hugging, including that it releases oxytocin, a hormone associated with feelings of happiness. Jan. 21

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8. Lunar New Year

It's time to say goodbye to the Year of the Tiger and usher in the Year of the Rabbit! Jan. 22

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9. International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On this annual day of commemoration, the United Nations urges all to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum offers excellent resources on learning more. Jan. 27

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10. National Puzzle Day

Gather the family 'round and work on a puzzle on National Puzzle Day. Doing puzzles together makes for great family time! Jan. 29