January is the first month of the year. It symbolizes new beginnings with much enthusiasm and energy. 

With all those new possibilities of the past and future, let’s learn about some national and international special days of January. 

January 1 

Global Family Day 

This celebration is for peace, oneness, and love. The aim is to spread the message of peace. On Earth, all of us are one big global family. We should take every possible step to make the world a better place to live in. 

January 9 

NRI Day/ Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 

This day is celebrated for all the non-resident Indians. Their contribution to the development of India is great. This day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi to India from South Africa, in 1915. 

January 11 

Death Anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri 

The second PM of Independent India, Lal Bahadur Shastri left for his heavenly abode on this day in 1966. He was a prominent figure in India’s struggle for Independence. He is famous for his slogan – ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’.

January 12 

National Youth Day 

This day marks the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand. His philosophies were a great source of inspiration for the youth and hence this day is celebrated as National Youth Day. He played a great role in glorifying India’s name in various corners of the world. 

January 15 

Indian Army Day 

On this day, in 1949, Field Marshal Kodandera M Cariappa took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army. The last serving British Commander-in-Chief was General Sir Francis Butcher. Hence, the Indian Army Day is celebrated. 

January 23 

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Jayanti 

Another prominent leader of the freedom struggle, Netaji Subhash Chandra bose was born on January 23, 1897. He formed the Indian National Army (INA) or the Azad Hind Fauj. he played a great role in World War 2 as well. 

January 24 

National Girl Child Day 

Gender-based inequalities cannot be ignored in India. This day is celebrated to highlights these inequalities. Also, the importance of education for girls, their nutrition, legal rights, medical facilities, and much more are highlighted. 

January 25 

National Voters Day 

Every year on January 25, National Voters Day or the Rashtriya Matdata Diwas is celebrated. The aim behind this is to motivate young people to take part in the election process. This was first celebrated in 2011 in lieu of the Election Commission’s Foundation Day. 

National Tourism Day 

Tourism is an important aspect of the Indian economy. Hence, this day is celebrated to boost tourism by raising awareness amongst people and educating them about it. 

January 26 

Republic Day 

The Indian Constitution was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on November 26, 1949. However, it came into effect on January 26, 1950. The democratic system of government was also adopted on this day. And hence, every year, we celebrate Republic Day. 

International Customs Day 

The Customs Organisation celebrated the International Customs Day (ICD) each year. The motive is to identify and appreciate the role of the customs officials. They play a great role in the maintenance of border security. Also, the challenges and working conditions of this job are highlighted. 

January 28 

Birth Anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai 

Another nationalist leader in the freedom struggle, Lala Lajpat Rai was born on January 28, 1865. He is also known as ‘the Lion of Punjab’ and ‘Punjab Kesari’. He is known for initiating the foundation of the Punjab National Bank. The Animal Science University in Hisar is named after him. 

January 30 

Martyrs Day/Shaheed Diwas 

This day is celebrated on the National level. Father of the Nation – Mahatma Gandhi was laid to rest after he was shot dead by Nathuram Godse on this date, in 1948. 3 other revolutionaries are remembered on this day. Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar as well as Shivaram Rajguru were hanged to death by the British (March 23). The sacrifice of all the leaders in the freedom struggle is of great importance to each individual. It is because of their sacrifices that we are able to live in an Independent India. 

World Leprosy Eradication Day 

The aim of this day is to focus on achieving zero cases related to the leprosy disease in children. Disabilities are not a result of an overnight issue, but a prolonged disease or illness for sure.