January 1, 2018

New Year's Day


New Year's Day, observed on January 1, is the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar and the Julian calendar. January is named after Janus, god of beginnings.

National Hangover Day


National Hangover Day follows New Years Eve, a day that is traditionally spent celebrating the upcoming New Year.

National Blood Donor Month


National Blood Donor Month recognizes the lifesaving contribution blood and platelet donors make to modern healthcare. Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months, particularly in January, due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness.

National Braille Literacy Month


Every January, the visually impaired and legally blind, their loved ones, and their advocates celebrate the revolutionary reading system Braille. January was chosen for this celebration because it is the birth month of Louis Braille, the inventor of the system of raised dots.

National Hobby Month


January is National Hobby Month. A hobby is an activity or interest pursued primarily for pleasure.

National Hot Tea Month


There are so many different types of teas to choose from: black, green, white, herbal, chai, oolong, etc.

National Mentoring Month


"Launched in 2002 by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us - individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits - can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure positive outcomes for our young people". Visit Mentoring.org for more information.

National Oatmeal Month


Some studies have shown that eating whole grains, which includes oatmeal, can: lower the risk of heart disease, help reduce blood cholesterol levels, reduce constipation, and support a healthy immune system.

National Slow Cooking Month


Slow cooking generally uses less electricity than an oven and usually allows for one-step preparation of meals.

National Soup Month


Enjoy a broth, bisque, or hearty bowl of soup this month.