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January 2024 Events Celebrations & Special Days

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Events, celebrations, awareness events, saint's days, annual campaigns, major sporting events - UK and global festivities happening in January 2024.

Happy New Year! January is the month when we celebrate a new year, Burn's Night, Martin Luther King Day and Winnie The Pooh Day.

Whether you are a teacher, a parent, an event organiser or just want to know what is going on this month, here are the key dates and events happening this January in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as around the world. Events Celebrations & Special Days  in January 2024

New Year's Day

1st Jan 2024

Happy New Year! It's the first day of the year 2024, so it is time to look ahead to the new year. 1st January is a Bank Holiday in the UK and many countries across the world.

New Year Fun & Games

Free 2024 Printable Calendar

National Science Fiction Day

2nd Jan 2024

An unofficial holiday for Sci-Fi fans to celebrate, chosen because 2nd January was the birthday of Sci-Fi writer Isaac Asimov. Settle down with a sci-fi book, or watch your favourite sci-fi film today.

Doctor Who Toys & Games That Little (and Big!) Whovians Will Love

Doctor Who Free Colouring Pages and Printables

World Braille Day

4th Jan 2024

A day to raise awareness of the importance of Braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the human rights for blind and partially sighted people.


Twelfth Night

5th Jan 2024

The twelfth day after Christmas and the official end of the the Christmas season, today is the day when you should have taken all your Christmas decorations down.

Martin Luther King Day

15th Jan 2024

A day for celebration of the life and work of civil rights activist Martin Luther King. In the US some workers are given the day off work and schools may close for the day.

Global Word Search Day

16th Jan 2024

On a cold winter's day, why not snuggle up with a fun and educational wordsearch. A wordsearch will keep your brain active and can help to widen your vocabulary as well.

100+ Free Printable Wordsearches

Winnie the Pooh Day

18th Jan 2024

Celebrated on author A. A. Milne's birthday, Winnie the Pooh Day celebrates the beloved honey-obsessed bear with readings and teddy bear's picnics.

10 Inspirational and Funny Winnie The Pooh Quotes

Winnie The Pooh Wordsearch

Red Squirrel Appreciation Day

21st Jan 2024

Red squirrels are native to the UK, but are under threat from invasive grey squirrels. Across the UK as a whole red squirrel numbers are declining and many conservation projects are monitoring and trying to reverse this decline.


Free Printable Letter From Santa

International Day of Education

24th Jan 2024

This UN day celebrates of the role of education in peace and development. The UN calls for free and compulsory elementary education, as well as stipulating that countries shall make higher education accessible to all.

Burns Night

25th Jan 2024

A celebration of the birthday of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns, celebrated with a Burn's Night Supper which includes many traditional Scottish dishes and reading of Burns' poetry.

Burns Night Celebration Ideas

St Dwynwen's Day

25th Jan 2024

St Dwynwen's Day, or Dydd Santes Dwynwen is the Welsh St. Valentine's Day, as the saint was the Welsh patron saint of lovers, and the day is a special day dedicated to love in Wales.

Australia Day

26th Jan 2024

Australia Day is the national day of Australia which marks the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788. A public holiday in Australia, it is celebrates the diversity of the Australian people with community and family events.


LEGO Life Magazine

Republic Day

26th Jan 2024

This day is celebrated across India as the anniversary of the day that the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950.

Big Garden Birdwatch

26th Jan to 28th Jan 2024

Organised by the RSPB, just spend an hour watching the birds in your garden, from your balcony or in your local park, and tell them what you've seen.


International Holocaust Remembrance Day

27th Jan 2024

The date marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops on 27 January 1945. It remembers not only the victims of the holocaust but of all genocide.


National Storytelling Week

27th Jan to 4th Feb 2024

A week for the promotion of the oral tradition of storytelling, the very first way of communicating life experiences and the creative imagination.


International LEGO Day

28th Jan 2024

LEGO Day marks the date when Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, a Danish inventor, patented the original 2x4 LEGO brick. Celebrate by building a LEGO model - why not create something all your own?


International Zebra Day

31st Jan 2024

A day to raise awareness of the conservation issues of Zebras. Zebras are an endangered species which are at risk from habitat loss, hunting for their meat and competition with livestock.


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