Are you looking for January holidays or special dates to celebrate on social media?
Are you a small business owner or marketer?
Marketing your business on social media just got a lot easier with this complete list of January holidays, observances, and special dates to promote.
Get ready for a fun-filled January with this comprehensive list of holidays and special observances!
From national holidays like New Year’s Day to more obscure celebrations like National Science Fiction Day, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
So start planning your social media posts and promotions now – your customers will thank you for it!
From January 1-31, there are over 185 holidays and special observances to choose from!
January is the perfect month to celebrate with family and friends or to promote your business on social media.
The first month of the year is a great month to get creative with your marketing and engage with your customers and followers during the slower winter months.
Here are a few of the biggest and most fun holidays in January. Martin Luther King Jr Day, National Chocolate Cake Day, National Blood Donor Month, and National Hugging Day, and you can’t forget New Year’s Day. There is something for everyone in January’s holidays and observances.
So whether you’re looking for traditional holidays to promote your business or just some fun and unique days to celebrate, this list has you covered.
Check out the full list of 2023 holidays in January below.
Mark your calendars and get ready to explore fun, weird, and special dates in January 2023. Happy January!
Why Holidays Make Great Social Media Posts
Back in my corporate marketing days, when I managed the social media channels for a $150 million business, I rejoiced when a holiday came around.
It gave me a built-in reason to create content, which made my job a lot easier.
Holiday posts are easy to create, and they always receive more “likes” than any other post.
Not many people will engage with a post about a company news release or an industry article, but many who see a post wishing everyone a Happy New Year will give it a “like.”
Including holidays in your social media content is an easy way to increase engagement and reach. People are already talking about the holiday, so you just need to join the conversation.
You can use holiday-related hashtags, post photos celebrating the holiday, run contests, or offer discounts or special promotions related to the holiday.
Not sure how to get started? Here are some ideas:
- Share recipes for favorite dishes served on the holiday
- Give tips on how to decorate for the holiday
- Offer advice on entertaining during the holiday season
- Share photos of employees or customers celebrating the holiday
- Run a contest related to the holiday
- Offer a discount on products or services related to the holiday
With this list of January holidays, you will be able to easily come up with social media content ideas for January that will resonate with your audience and help you increase engagement and reach on your social channels.
For a business owner or marketer, holiday posts not only increase your social media engagement but they’re also easy posts to create that fill your followers with positive emotions.
When sharing a holiday post, always include an image or video with your status update, no matter what platform you’re using.
That’s because posts with an image get 2.3 times more engagement than posts without an image. (source)
Including an image with your post is the easiest way to DOUBLE engagement and it’s why the Social Media Content Club, our industry-leading social media software, is FULL of eye-catching images.
Also, tack on a holiday-themed hashtag to make it easy for people to find your content, and use location tagging if you have a physical storefront.
For more tips on how to increase your social media engagement, read: 5 Ways to Increase Social Media Engagement.
Holiday Hashtags for Social Media
When celebrating holidays on social media, it’s important to include the relevant hashtag(s) for that holiday in your post.
Hashtags will increase the reach of your post, exposing your business to a larger audience.
To learn why and how to use hashtags on social media, read: 210 Daily Hashtags for Social Media.
Hashtags are such an essential piece to your success on social media that I’ve done the research for you.
Most of the holidays listed below include a hashtag for social media.
However, for best results, you’ll want to use 3 – 5 hashtags relevant to that holiday in your post.
If you’re pressed for time, the Social Media Content Club does the hashtag research for you and provides 3 popular and relevant hashtags for all major holidays.
Now that you know those helpful tips, let’s jump into the list of Holidays.
List of January 2023 Holidays
In an effort to simplify this massive list of holidays, I’ve divided the days into five categories – public holidays, religious holidays, monthly observances, weekly observances, and daily observances.
Scroll down to view all 180+ holidays, or use the following links to skip ahead to a specific category.
- January Public Holidays
- January Religious Holidays
- January Monthly Observances
- January Weekly Observances
- January Daily Holidays
January 2023 Public Holidays
This list contains public holidays and special observances in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
|January 1||New Year’s Day||#newyearsday||Worldwide|
|January 2||New Year’s Day Observed||Worldwide|
|January 2||2nd January||#newyear||Scotland|
|January 11||Devonport Cup||#devonportcup||Tasmania|
|January 16||Martin Luther King Jr. Day||#mlkday||United States|
|January 22||Lunar New Year||#lunarnewyyear||Worldwide|
|January 25||Burns Night||#burnsnight||Scotland|
|January 26||Australia Day||#australiaday||Australia|
January 2023 Religious Holidays
|January 3||Asarah B’Tevet (Tenth of Tevet)||#tenthoftevet||Jewish|
|January 6||Feast of the Epiphany – Three Kings||#epiphany||Christian|
|January 7||Orthodox Christmas Day||#orthodoxchristmas||Orthodox|
|January 14||Orthodox New Year||#orthodoxnewyear||Orthodox|
January 2023 Monthly Observances
|Cervical Health Awareness Month|
|International Change Your Stars Month|
|National Bath Safety Month|
|National Black Diamond Month|
|National Blood Donor Month|
|National Braille Literacy Month|
|National Codependency Awareness|
|National Hobby Month|
|National Hot Tea Month|
|National Mentoring Month|
|National Menudo Month|
|National Oatmeal Month|
|National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month|
|National Slow Cooking Month|
|National Soup Month|
|National Stalking Awareness|
|National Sunday Supper Month|
|National Train Your Dog Month|
|National Volunteer Blood Donor|
|Thyroid Awareness Month|
|Train Your Dog Month|
|Unchain A Dog Month|
|Walk Your Pet Month|
January 2023 Weekly Observances
|January 1 – 7||Celebration of Life Week|
|January 1 – 7||Diet Resolution Week|
|January 1 – 7||New Year’s Resolutions Week|
|January 1 – 7||Silent Record Week|
|January 8 – 14||Home Office Safety and Security Week|
|January 8 – 14||National Mocktail Week|
|January 8 – 14||Universal Letter Writing Week|
|January 11 – 17||Cuckoo Dancing Week|
|January 15 – 21||Healthy Weight Week|
|January 15 – 21||Hunt for Happiness Week|
|January 15 – 21||National Activity Professionals Week|
|January 15 – 21||National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week|
|January 16 – 22||Sugar Awareness Week|
|January 17 – 20||International Hoof Care Week|
|January 18 – 25||International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity|
|January 21 – 22||Bald Eagle Appreciation Days|
|January 21 – 29||International Snowmobile Safety Week|
|January 22 – 28||National CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) Week|
|January 22 – 28||National School Choice Week|
|January 22 – 29||Meat Week|
|January 23 – 27||National Medical Group Practice Week|
|January 23 – 27||Tax Identity Theft Week|
|January 29 – February 4||Catholic Schools Week|
January 2023 Daily Observances
|January 1||Global Family Day||#globalfamilyday|
|January 1||National Bloody Mary Day||#nationalbloodymaryday|
|January 1||National Hangover Day||#nationalhangoverday|
|January 1||New Years Day||#newyearsday|
|January 1||Polar Bear Plunge Day||#polarplunge|
|January 1||St. Basil’s Day||#saintbasilsday|
|January 1||World Day of Peace||#worlddayofpeace|
|January 2||National Buffet Day||#nationalbuffetday|
|January 2||National Cream Puff Day||#nationalcreampuffday|
|January 2||National Personal Trainer Awareness Day||#personaltrainerawarenessday|
|January 2||National Science Fiction Day||#sciencefictionday|
|January 2||National Thank God It’s Monday Day||#thankgoditsmondayday|
|January 2||World Introvert Day||#worldintrovertday|
|January 3||Festival of Sleep Day||#festivalofsleepday|
|January 3||National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day||#chocolatecoveredcherryday|
|January 3||National Drinking Straw Day||#drinkingstrawday|
|January 3||National Fruitcake Toss Day||#fruitcaketossday|
|January 3||JRR Tolkien Day||#JRRTolkienDay|
|January 4||National Spaghetti Day||#nationalspaghettiday|
|January 4||National Trivia Day||#nationaltriviaday|
|January 5||National Bird Day||#nationalbirdday|
|January 5||National Keto Day||#nationalketoday|
|January 5||National Screenwriters Day||#nationalscreenwritersday|
|January 5||National Whipped Cream Day||#whippedcreamday|
|January 6||National Bean Day||#nationalbeanday|
|January 6||National Cuddle Up Day||#nationalcuddleupday|
|January 6||National Shortbread Day||#nationalshortbreadday|
|January 6||National Technology Day||#technologyday|
|January 7||National Bobblehead Day||#nationalbobbleheadday|
|January 7||National Tempura Day||#nationaltempuraday|
|January 7||Old Rock Day||#oldrockday|
|January 8||National Argyle Day||#nationalargyleday|
|January 8||National Bubble Bath Day||#bubblebathday|
|January 8||National English Toffee Day||#englishtoffeday|
|January 8||National JoyGerm Day||#nationaljoygermday|
|January 8||National Sunday Supper Day||#sundaysupper|
|January 8||National Winter Skin Relief Day||#winterskinreliefday|
|January 9||National Apricot Day||#apricotday|
|January 9||National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD)||#lead|
|January 9||National Static Electricity Day||#staticelectricityday|
|January 9||Word Nerd Day||#wordnerdday|
|January 10||National Bittersweet Chocolate Day||#bittersweetchocolateday|
|January 10||National Cut Your Energy Costs Day||#cutyourenergycostsday|
|January 10||National Houseplant Appreciation Day||#houseplantappreciationday|
|January 10||National Oysters Rockefeller Day||#nationaloystersrockefellerday|
|January 10||National Save The Eagles Day||#savetheeaglesday|
|January 10||Shop for Travel Day||#shopfortravelday|
|January 11||National Hot Toddy Day||#hottoddyday|
|January 11||National Human Trafficking Awareness Day||#humantraffickingawarenessday|
|January 11||National Milk Day||#nationalmilkday|
|January 11||National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day||#stepinapuddleandsplashyourfriendday|
|January 12||International Kiss A Ginger Day||#kissagingerday|
|January 12||National Curried Chicken Day||#curriedchickenday|
|January 12||National Marzipan Day||#nationalmarzipanday|
|January 12||National Pharmacist Day||#nationalpharmacistday|
|January 13||Korean American Day||#koreanamericanday|
|January 13||Make Your Dreams Come True Day||#makeyourdreamscometrueday|
|January 13||National Clean Off Your Desk Day||#cleanoffyourdeskday|
|January 13||National Peach Melba Day||#koreanamericanday|
|January 13||National Rubber Ducky Day||#nationalrubberduckyday|
|January 13||National Sticker Day||#nationalstickerday|
|January 13||Stephen Foster Memorial Day||#stephenfostermemorialday|
|January 14||National Dress Up Your Pet Day||#dressupyourpetday|
|January 14||National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day||#hotpastramisandwichday|
|January 14||National Vision Board Day||#visionboardday|
|January 14||Organize Your Home Day||#organizeyourhomeday|
|January 14||Ratification Day||#ratificationday|
|January 15||National Bagel Day||#nationalbagelday|
|January 15||National Booch Day||#nationalboochday|
|January 15||National Hat Day||#nationalhatday|
|January 15||National Strawberry Ice Cream Day||#strawberryicecreamday|
|January 16||Blue Monday||#bluemonday|
|January 16||National Fig Newton Day||#nationalfignewtonday|
|January 16||National Nothing Day||#nothingday|
|January 16||National Religious Freedom Day||#religiousfreedomday|
|January 16||National Without a Scalpel Day||#withoutascalpelday|
|January 16||Appreciate a Dragon Day||#AppreciateADragonDay|
|January 17||Benjamin Franklin Day||#benfranklinday|
|January 17||Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day||#ditchnewyearsresolutionsday|
|January 17||Kid Inventors’ Day||#kidinventorsday|
|January 17||National Bootlegger’s Day||#bootleggersday or #templetonrye|
|January 17||National Hot Buttered Rum Day||#hotbutteredrumday|
|January 18||National Peking Duck Day||#nationalpekingduckday|
|January 18||National Thesaurus Day||#nationalthesaurusday|
|January 18||National Winnie The Pooh Day||#winniethepoohday|
|January 19||Get to Know Your Customers Day||#gettoknowyourcustomersday|
|January 19||National Popcorn Day||#nationalpopcornday.|
|January 19||Tin Can Day||#tincanday|
|January 19||World Quark Day||#worldquarkday|
|January 20||National Buttercrunch Day||#nationalbuttercrunchday|
|January 20||National Cheese Lover’s Day||#cheeseloversday|
|January 20||National Disc Jockey Day||#nationaldiscjockeyday|
|January 21||National Granola Bar Day||#nationalgranolabarday|
|January 21||National Hugging Day||#nationalhuggingday|
|January 21||Squirrel Appreciation Day||#squirrelappreciationday|
|January 22||Celebration of Life Day||#celebrationoflifeday|
|January 22||Hot Sauce Day||#hotsauceday|
|January 22||National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day||#answeryourcatsquestionsday|
|January 22||National Blonde Brownie Day||#blondebrownieday|
|January 23||Community Manager Appreciation Day||#communitymanagerappreciationday|
|January 23||National Handwriting Day||#nationalhandwritingday|
|January 23||National Pie Day||#nationalpieday|
|January 24||Beer Can Appreciation Day||#beercanappreciationday|
|January 24||National Compliment Day||#nationalcomplimentday|
|January 24||National Peanut Butter Day||#nationalpeanutbutterday|
|January 25||Library Shelfie Day||#libraryshelfieday|
|January 25||National Irish Coffee Day||#nationalirishcoffeeday|
|January 25||National Opposite Day||#nationaloppositeday|
|January 26||National Green Juice Day||#nationalgreenjuiceday|
|January 26||National Peanut Brittle Day||#peanutbrittleday|
|January 26||National Spouses Day||#nationalspousesday|
|January 27||International Holocaust Remembrance Day||#holocaustremembranceday|
|January 27||National Big Wig Day||#nationalbigwigday|
|January 27||National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day||#bubblewrapday|
|January 27||National Chocolate Cake Day||#chocolatecakeday|
|January 28||Data Privacy Day||#dataprivacyday|
|January 28||International Lego Day||#legoday|
|January 28||National Blueberry Pancake Day||#blueberrypancakeday|
|January 28||National Daisy Day||#daisyday|
|January 28||National Have Fun At Work Day||#funatworkday|
|January 28||National Kazoo Day||#nationalkazooday|
|January 28||National Seed Swap Day||#nationalseedswapday|
|January 29||National Corn Chip Day||#nationalcornchipday|
|January 29||National Puzzle Day||#nationalpuzzleday|
|January 30||National Croissant Day||#nationalcroissantday|
|January 31||National Backward Day||#nationalbackwardday|
|January 31||National Hot Chocolate Day||#nationalhotchocolateday|
|January 31||National Inspire Your Heart With Art Day||#inspireyourheartwithartday|
|January 31||Plan for Vacation Day||#planforvacation|
timeanddate.com, nationaldaycalendar.com, en.wikipedia.org, holidayscalendar.com, nationaltoday.com, checkiday.com, brownielocks.com
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February 2023 Holidays
The complete list of holidays, observances, and fun, weird, and special dates for February 2023 can be found here: AngieGensler.com/February-Holidays
To access the list of holidays for every month in 2023 and beyond, visit the Holidays index page.
The month of January is packed with holidays and local observances that can be used as social media content. From New Year’s Day to Martin Luther King Jr Day, there are plenty of holidays and ideas to help you get your social media posts seen by more people. And don’t forget about using monthly, weekly, and daily observances to keep your social media calendar full!
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