January’s National Observances

Scrabble letters spelling January
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Every month of the year is filled with a multitude of celebrations and awareness events, and it can be difficult to keep track of them all. While the start of January is celebrated as the New Year, there are a number of different observances throughout the month. There are a couple different categories of these observances. 

The first major category would be awareness months. Here is what January is for:

  • National Blood Donor Month 
  • Glaucoma Awareness Month 
  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • National Adopt a Rescued Bird Month
  • Self-Love Month
  • Mental Wellness Month
  • Poverty Awareness month
  • National Eye Care Month
  • National Codependency Awareness Month
  • Walk Your Dog Month
  • Veganuary 

There is only one awareness week in January, the third week, which is No Name-Calling Week. 

There are many awareness days in January.

  • World Braille Day – Jan. 4
  • National Bird Day – Jan. 5
  • National Electricity Day – Jan. 9
  • World Religion Day – Jan. 15
  • National Penguin Day – Jan. 20
  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day  – Jan. 27
  • National Geographic Day – Jan. 27
  • NASA Day of Remembrance – Jan. 27

January is also a month full of important birthdays. A more complete list, along with a comprehensive list of all observances, can be found here

  • Greta Thunberg – Jan. 3
  • Martin Luther King Jr. – Jan. 15
  • Michelle Obama – Jan. 17
  • Muhammad Ali – Jan. 17
  • Betty White – Jan. 17 
  • Dolly Parton – Jan. 19
  • Volodymyr Zelenskyy – Jan. 25 

Bellevue College will be having Martin Luther King Jr. Day events on campus to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday, Jan. 19, in the Carlson Theater from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Full information can be found here.