Important Days: January Month

The first month of the Roman calendar is the month of January.

January takes its name from the Roman God Janus.

Who is the god of all beginnings and endings. He was also the God of doors.

As in the below picture he had two faces so he could see the future and past at the same time.
Jacobus Harrewyn (1660/1–1732/40), January from the print series The Months. Engraving, 1698.


01 January Global Family DayGlobal Family Day is celebrated by the citizens of the world. It is an international day of peace and sharing.
– It aims at uniting and spreading peace by considering and promoting the idea that – Earth is one Global Family so as to make the world a better place to live for everyone.
04 January World Braille DayWorld Braille Day is observed to raise awareness of the importance of Braille as a means of communication for blind and partially sighted people.
Louis Braille, the inventor of the Braille language, was born on January 4, 1809, in France.
World Braille Day is observed in remembrance of Louis and his contribution to the worth.
06 January World War Orphans DayWorld War Orphans Day is observed to raise awareness about children who have been orphaned due to wars.
9 January NRI Day/Pravasi Bhartiya DiwasPravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated every two years in India on January 9 to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the growth and development of our country.
– Also known as the NRI day which commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi to India from South Africa in 1915.
– On this celebratory day, the Central Government of India presents the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards to those overseas Indians who made a significant contribution to the development of India.
10 January World Hindi Dayविश्व हिंदी दिवस या World Hindi Day हर साल 10 जनवरी को मनाया जाता है. यह दिन दुनिया भर में हिंदी भाषा के इतिहास और इसके प्रचार पर फोकस रहता है. वास्तव में, आज ही के दिन 1975 में पहला विश्व हिंदी सम्मेलन हुआ था.
11 January National Human Trafficking Awareness DayNational Human Trafficking Day is observed as National Human Trafficking Awareness month.
– In 2011, this observance was started by the Presidential Proclamation of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month (NSHTPM).
12 January National Youth DayNational Youth Day, also known as Vivekananda Jayanti, is celebrated on 12 January, being the birthday of Swami Vivekananda.
– In 1984 the Government of India declared this day as National Youth Day and since 1985 the event is celebrated in India every year.
15 January Indian Army DayArmy Day is celebrated every year in India as it is on this historic day that General KM Cariappa became the first Indian to take charge of the Indian Army in 1949.
– He took over from General Sir Francis Robert Roy Bucher who was the last English commander of our nation’s army.
24 January International Day of Education The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development.
25 January National Voters DayIn order to encourage more young voters to take part in the political process, the Government of India has decided to celebrate January 25 every year as “National Voters’ Day”.
– It has been started on 26 January 2011 to mark Commission’s foundation day.
25 January National Tourism DayNational Tourism Day is celebrated every year across the country.
– This day is observed by the government to encourage tourism and explain the essential role of tourism in the growth of the country.
26 January National Republic DayThe Constitution of India came into force, and India declared itself a Republic on 26 January 1950, a day thereafter celebrated annually as Republic Day in India.
– The Constitution had been drafted by the Constituent Assembly headed by Dr B.R. Ambedkar which was set up when India gained its independence from the British in 1947.
26 January International Custom DayThe International Customs Day (ICD) is observed on 26 January every year.
– The day is celebrated to recognise the role of customs officials and agencies and focus on the working conditions and challenges that customs officers face in their jobs.
27 January International Day of commemorationEvery year around 27 January, UNESCO pays tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and reaffirms its unwavering commitment to counter antisemitism, racism, and other forms of intolerance that may lead to group-targeted violence.
28 January Data Protection DayData Privacy Day (known in Europe as Data Protection Day) is an international event that occurs every year on 28 January.
– The purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices.
30 January Martyrs’ Day or Shahid Diwas30 January is the date observed at the national level.
– The date was chosen as it marks the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1948, by Nathuram Godse.
31 January World Leprosy Eradication Day
(last Sunday)
It is celebrated to raise public awareness of leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease.
World Leprosy Day was established in 1954 by French philanthropist and writer, Raoul Follereau, as a way to raise global awareness and call attention to the fact that leprosy can be prevented, treated, and cured.
World Leprosy Day is observed internationally every year on the last Sunday of January to increase the public awareness of leprosy or Hansen’s Disease. This date was chosen by French humanitarian Raoul Follereau as a tribute to the life of Mahatma Gandhi who had compassion for people afflicted with leprosy. The day began to be observed in 1954.
Source: online sources of Wikipedia, Indiatoday, British museum, UN portal

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