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All our holidays are validated with sponsors, organizations, proclamations, history;
or, we  validate the source or origin for an observance to prove it's not made up.

Although we have holidays for most days, there are a few that are blank.
I realize social media spouts these daily.  I'm sure you know that some are just made up and fake.  Maybe they're fun,  but,
Beware!


Also, some observances that are validated through website links, can't be updated until their websites update their 2016 information.

I do not do ads.  I do not try to make money from keeping these listings.
  But, I do not respect other holiday sites that steal my information and put it on a site wanting to make money from ads or charging to even validate a holiday.
I'll ad it for free if it's coming from a valid source and not obscene, hateful, etc.

All of my  holiday  and observances lists as a whole group are not "fair use" information.  (Individual holidays are owned by their sponsors.)
 They  are copyrighted via this domain and are not to be taken and put on another website, blog,  or made into a downloadable application, etc..
  Doing so is a violation of the DMCA.   

  Link to my holiday pages.  Or, use them for personal, off-line use for clubs, newsletters, homemade calendars, etc.

You're invited to share these holidays on Twitter, etc.  Just tell folks where you got them. 
All I have is word-of-mouth since I do not do ads.


How Holidays Begin & How to Start One


2016
Bizarre, Crazy, Silly, Unknown Holidays & Observances

Stone= Garnet        Flower= Carnation

Visit the Pages We did Specials for this Month on:

 

The History of New Years Eve and New Year's Day
The History of the Mummers Parade + Cartoon Fun
  History of the Tournament of Roses Parade & Cartoon Fun
  History of the Rose Bowl Game & Cartoon Fun
The History of Twelfth Night & Cartoon Fun
The History of Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Holiday & Cartoon Fun

The History of the Hopi ( Bean Sprout) Powamu Festival
The History of the Iroquois Midwinter Ceremony & Cartoon Fun

 

If you want "On This Day" in History information, go to The History Channel!
 They've got the best resource on the net.
Want to know if anyone famous was born today? Visit Famous Birthdays!
A great source of  past Song Hit of The Day is Bob Dearborn's Disc Jockey site.
Just log in any day on a search engine, and Wikipedia tells you both birthdays, events, etc. for it.

Because dates are tentative and also change a lot, I'm not going to  list the Indian Tribal Gatherings per month.
 But, here's a link to all the Indian  PowWows for the entire year!


Special thanks to Chris Sodini for letting me know about No Name Calling Week.
Special thanks to Pam Hennessy for letting me know about Bird Day.
Special thanks to Sonjia Bradshaw for letting me know about A LOT of observances!
Special thanks to Eric Cornell for letting me know about Nat'l Activity Professional Week.
Special thanks to Elaine Carter for letting me know about Celebration of Life Week and Universal Letter Writing Week
Thanks to Liesl Anderson for letting me know about World Hypnotism Day.
Thanks to Dan Loomis for letting me  know about International Programmers' Day
Thanks to Nicole Dooley for letting me know about Panama Martyr Day.
Thanks to Kimberly Adkins for letting me know about "National Activity Professionals Week."
Thanks to Kit Singleton for letting me know about "Thank a Plugin Developer Day."
Thanks to Jeff Veverka for letting me know about National Polka Music Month.
Thanks to Dawn Weyde for letting me know about Popcorn Day.
Thanks to Chris Jepsen for letting me know about "Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day."
Thanks to Scott Heiner for letting me know about Kazoo Day.
Thanks to Roger W. Hancock for letting me know about Robert E. Lee Day.
Thanks to Holly Craw for letting me know about Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month and Awareness Day.
Thanks to Lisa Nusbaum for letting me know about Squirrel Appreciation Day.
Thanks to Tim Olson for letting me know about National Peanut Butter Day.
Thanks to Kathryn Baker for letting me know about National Science Fiction Day.
Thanks to Paul Lescarmure for letting me know about Robert Burns Day.
Thanks to Justin Deering for letting me know about Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, National Folic Acid Awareness Week.,
World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Blue Monday, Divorce Monday, Train Your Dog Month, Unchain A Dog Month,
Walk Your Dog Month, Adopt A Rescued Bird Month, Pet Travel Safety Day, National School Choice Week, World Day of Peace.
Thanks to Shimna Gammack for letting me know about No Pants Subway Ride Day.
Thanks to Diane Jellen for letting me know about National Codependency Awareness Month.
Thanks to Ashley Dwight for letting me know about Bubble Bath Day.
Thanks to Aaron Jarvis for letting me know about Kiss A Ginger Day.
Thanks to Mike Lanz for letting me know about National Cheese Lovers Day.
Thanks to Lauren Longworth for letting me know about Thank Your Mentor Day.

 

January Monthly Observances


Adopt A Rescued Bird Month Link
Bath Safety Month Link
Be Kind to Food Servers Month
Birth Defects Month Link
Book Blitz Month
California Dried Plum Digestive Month Link
Carnival Season 1/6-2/9
Celebration of Life Month
Cervical Health Awareness Month Link
Financial Wellness Month
FirstFolio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare
(1/4/16-1/2/17)
Get A Balanced Life Month
Get Organized Month
International Brain Teaser Month
International Change Your Stars Month Link
International Child-Centered Divorce Awareness Month
International Creativity Month
International New Years Resolutions Month for Businesses
International Quality of Life Month
International Wayfinding Month
International Wealth Mentality Month
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month Link
National Be On-Purpose Month
National Braille Literacy Month Link
National Clean Up Your Computer Month
National Codependency Awareness Month Link

National Glaucoma Awareness Month
National Hot Tea Month
National Mail Order Gardening Month
National Mentoring Month  Link
National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month
National Personal Trainer Awareness Month Link
National Polka Music Month Link
National Poverty in America Awareness Month
National Radon Action Month
National Skating Month
National Soup Month Link
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month Link
National Stalking Awareness Month Link
National Volunteer Blood Donor Month Link
Oatmeal Month Link
Rising Star Month Link
Self-help Group Awareness Month
Self-Love Month
Shape Up US Month
Teen Driving Awareness Month
Train Your Dog Month Link
Thyroid Awareness Month Link
Unchain A Dog Month Link
Walk Your Dog Month Link
Worldwide Rising Star Month


January Weekly Observances


*Celebration of Life Week: 1-7 Link
*Diet Resolution Week: 1-7 
*Silent Record Week: 1-7
New Year's Resolutions Week: 1-8

*Someday We'll Laugh About This Week: 2-8
Home Office Safety and Security Week: 3-9
National Folic Acid Awareness Week: 3-9 Link
National Lose Weight/Feel Great Week: 3-10
Elvis' Birthday Celebration Week: 4-8 (Note: Usually week of his birthday on Jan. 8.)
*International Consumer Electronics Show: 6-9
No Tillage Week: 6-9

*Universal Letter Writing Week: 8-14 Link
National Vocation Awareness Week: 10-16 Link
*Cuckoo Dancing Week: 11-17
National Soccer Coaches of America Week: 13-17
Bald Eagle Appreciation Days: 16-17
International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week: 16-24 Link
Hunt For Happiness Week: 17-23
(Third Full Week)
National Activity Professionals Week: 17-23  Link

*National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week: 17-23
National Handwriting Analysis Week: 17-23
(Always has John Hancock's birthday 1/23)
Healthy Weight Week: 18-22 (Third Week)
National Bible Week: 18-24  Link
*Week of Christian Unity: 18-25
No Name Calling Week: 18-22 Link
Sugar Awareness Week: 18-22 (3rd Work Week)
Kid Film Festival: 22-27
National CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) Week: 24-30 (Last Full Week)
Clean Out Your Inbox Week: 24-30 (Last Business Week)
National School Choice Week: 24-29 Link (Last Week)
Tax Identity Theft Week: 24-29 Link
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Week: 25-30
National Medical Group Practice Week: 25-29 (Starts 4th Monday)
Childrens Authors and Illustrators Week: 31-2/6
Catholic Schools Week: 31-2/6 (Begins on Last Sunday)
Meat Week: 31-2/6 (Begins on Last Sunday)
January Daily Observances




NOTE:  An * in front of the day means that the observance is on the same date every year regardless of the day it falls on.


Asarah B'Tevet: 1
*Copyright Law Day: 1
Commitment Day: 1
*Ellis Island Day: 1
*Euro Day: 1
*First Foot Day: 1 Link Link
*Global Family Day: 1 Link
*Mummer's Parade: 1
*New Years Day: 1
*New Year's Dishonor List Day: 1
*Polar Bear Plunge or Swim Day: 1 Link (Cony Island NY & Vancouver, BC)
Rose Bowl Game: 1
*Tournament of Roses Parade Day: 1
*World Day of Peace: 1 Link

*Z Day: 1
*55-MPH Speed Limit Day: 2
Earth at Perihelion: 2
Fruitcake Toss Day: 2 Link
(First Saturday)

*Happy Mew Year for Cats Day: 2
*National Buffet Day: 2 Link
*National Motivation and Inspiration Day: 2 Link
*National Personal Trainer Awareness Day: 2 Link
*National Science Fiction Day: 2  Link
*Pet Travel and Safety Day: 2 Link
*Drinking Straw Day: 3

*J.R.R. Tolkien Day: 3
*Memento Mori "Remember You Die" Day: 3
*National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day: 3 Link
Blue Monday: 4 Link (First Monday of the Year. But It Can't Fall on New Years Day.)
*Dimpled Chad Day: 4
Divorce Monday: 4 Link
(First Monday of year which is when most feel that divorces are filed. )
National Weigh-In Day: 4 (Always First Monday after New Years) 

*Pop Music Chart Day: 4
"Thank God It's Monday" Day: 4  
(First Monday)
*Tom Thumb Day: 4
*Trivia Day: 4
*World Braille Day: 4  Link
*World Hypnotism Day: 4  Link
*Bird Day: 5 Link

*Epiphany or Twelfth Night: 6
*National Technology Day: 6  Link

*Three Kings Day: 6
*Harlem Globetrotter's Day: 7
*I'm Not Going To Take It Anymore Day: 7
*International Programmers' Day: 7 Link
*Orthodox Christmas: 7
*National Bobblehead Day: 7 Link

*National Tempura Day: 7 Link
*Argyle Day: 8
*Bubble Bath Day: 8 Link
*Earth's Rotation Day: 8
*National English Toffee Day: 8  Link
*Midwife's Day or Women's Day: 8
*National Bubble Bath Day: 8 Link

*National Joy Germ Day: 8
*Show and Tell Day at Work: 8
*War on Poverty Day: 8
*Balloon Ascension Day: 9 Link
*Law Enforcement Appreciation Day: 9  Link  Link
*National Cassoulet Day: 9
*National Static Electricity Day: 9 Link
National Vision Board Day: 9 (2nd Saturday)
*Panama's Martyr Day: 9 Link
*League of Nations Day: 10
*National Cut Your Energy Costs Day: 10
National Sunday Supper Day: 10 Link
(2nd Sunday)
No Pants Subway Ride Day: 10? Link
Stephen Foster Day: 10

*Cigarettes Are Hazardous To Your Health Day: 11
*Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day: 11 Link
National Clean Off Your Desk Day: 11 (2nd Monday)
*National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: 11 Link
Bean Day:  12 Link  (2nd Tuesday)
*Kiss A Ginger Day: 12 Link (Red Heads)

National Poetry at Work Day: 12 (2nd Tuesday)
*Make Your Dream Come True Day: 13 Link

*National Sticker Day: 13  Link
*Public Radio Broadcasting Day: 13
*Rubber Duckie Day: 13 Link
*Caesarean Section Day: 14
*International Kite Day: 14
*Dress Up Your Pet Day: 14 Link  Link 
*Organize Your Home Day: 14 Link
*Ratification Day: 14
*Annoy Squidward Day
(aka Your Boss): 15  Link
 (SpongeBob Squarepants)
*Humanitarian Day: 15 (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday. Started in 2009
by a committee for King Days of Respect. Different than World Humanitarian Day in August.)
International Fetish Day: 15 (3rd Friday)

*Appreciate A Dragon Day: 16
*Civil Service Day: 16
*Fig Newton Day: 16 Link  Link

*Nothing Day: 16
*Religious Freedom Day: 16 Link
Soup Swap Day: 16 Link  
*Without A Scalpel Day: 16 Link

*Cable Car Day: 17
*Hot Heads Chili Days: 17-18
*Judgment Day: 17
*Kid Inventors' Day:  17
*National Bootleggers Day: 17 Link

National Sanctity of Human Life Day (or Pro-Life Day): 17 (3rd Sunday)  Link
*Popeye Day: 17
World Religion Day: 17 Link
(3rd Sunday)

National Crowd Feed Day: 18
(Always on Martin Luther King Day)
National Day of Service: 18 Link
*Pooh (Winnie The) Day: 18
*Thesaurus Day: 18 Link
Martin Luther King Day: 18 (3rd Monday)
Robert E. Lee Day: 18  (3rd Monday)  Link 

*Popcorn Day: 19 Link  (Alternate date: Super Bowl Sunday)
*Tin Can Day: 19
*World Day of Migrants and Refugees: 19 Link
*Camcorder Day: 20
*National Cheese Lovers Day: 20 Link  Link

*Penguin Awareness Day: 20 Link
*Inauguration Day: 20
*National Disc Jockey Day: 20 Link  or Link (Go to 1958)
*Rid The World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day: 20
Get to Know Your Customers Day: 21
( January 21,  April 15, July 21 and October 20 = 3rd Thurs. of Each Quarter)

*National Hugging Day: 21 Link
*Squirrel Appreciation Day: 21 Link (Different than Squirrel Awareness Month in October)
*Thank Your Mentor Day: 21  Link

Women's Healthy Weight Day: 21 Link
(Thursday of 3rd Full Week aka Healthy Weight Week)
*Answer Your Cat's Questions Day: 22
*Celebration of Life Day: 22
*Roe vs. Wade Day: 22
Data Innovation Day: 22? Link
*National Handwriting Day: 23 Link
*National Pie Day: 23 Link
*Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day: 23
A.F.R.M.A. Fancy Rat & Mouse Day: 23 or 30
*Belly Laugh Day: 24 Link
*Beer Can Day: 24  Link
National Bible Sunday: 24  Link
*National Compliment Day: 24
*National Peanut Butter Day: 24 Link
*Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day: 24  Link
Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day: 24 (4th Saturday)
*A Room of One's Own Day: 25
*Macintosh Computer Day: 25 Link
 (Note: On Jan. 22, 1984 in a Super Bowl ad the Macintosh got introduced. Steve Jobs then presented it to the world on Jan. 24, 1984
 and it went on saleto the public the next day on Jan. 25, 1984.  There is a big 30th Anniversary event on Jan. 25, 2014.

 Since Apple considers  Jan. 25 the anniversary day for celebration,  this is why I am listing it on the 25th also and not the other dates. )
*National Irish Coffee Day: 25 Link (Also observed on March 17)
*Opposite Day: 25 Link
*Robert Burns Day: 25 Link
Tu B'shuvat: 25

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day: 25 (Always Last Monday) Link and Link
*Lotus 1-2-3 Day: 26
*National Peanut Brittle Day: 26  Link
*Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement: 26
*Auschwitz Liberation Day: 27 Link
*Holocaust Memorial Day: 27 Link
*International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust: 27 Link
*International Mobile Phone Recycling Day: 27 Link
*National Geographic Day: 27
*Thomas Crapper Day: 27
*Viet Nam Peace Day: 27
*Data Privacy Day: 28 Link
*National Kazoo Day: 28 Link
*Thank A Plugin Developer Day: 28 Link
*Curmudgeons Day: 29
Fun at Work Day: 29
(Last Friday)

*Freethinkers Day: 29
National Pre-school Fitness Day: 29 (Last Friday) Link

*National Puzzle Day: 29 Link
*Seeing Eye Dog Day: 29
*Thomas Paine Day: 29
*Croissant Day: 30 Link

*Inane Answering Message Day: 30
National Seed Swap Day: 30
(Last Saturday)

*Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day: 31
*Inspire Your Heart with Art Day: 31
*Street Children Day: 31 Link  (Note: Different than one on April 12)
*World Leprosy Day-31
(Last Sunday)

 


January 2016
Moon Phases

2
 Last Qtr.
12:30 am
EST

9
LNew Moon
8:30 pm
EST

16
 First Quarter
6:26 pm
EST

23
 Full Moon
8:46 pm
EST

31
 Last Qtr.
10:28 pm
EST

Full Moon on  the 23rd  is called "Wolf Moon" by Native Americans of New England and the Great Lakes
because at this time of the year, the wolves howl in hunger.

Moon Animation Credit

 

 

 
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