According to the modern day Gregorian calendar and its predecessors the Julian calendar, the month of January is the first month of the year. But it was the tenth month in the old Roman calendar where March was originally the first month of the year. Around 450 BCE, January was announced as the first month of the year, withdrawing it from the Roman calendar. The name ‘January’ has been taken from the name of the Roman God, Janus, famously known as the god of doors. The Roman God Janus indicates the beginning of everything. As January is the door to the year, it had been linked to the God Janus.
Embracing the First Day of the Year
With most of the countries now following the Gregorian calendar as their factual calendar, January 1 is observed as New Year’s Day. New Year’s Day, the most celebrated public holiday, often observed as a special moment that gets celebrates with loved ones or in large gathering to embrace the first day of a new year with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts in each time zone.
Marking the Contribution of the Overseas Indian Community
The little known event Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas is celebrated on January 9 every year in India. It is also known as Non- Residential Indian Day (NRI Day) as it marks the arrival of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa in the year 1915 on January 9. It also remarks the contribution comes out of Indian community residing abroad for betterment of India.
Encouraging Youths to Recognize the Philosophy and Ideals of Swami Ji
12th of January is famously recognized as the birth ceremony of Swami Vivekananda in India and which was declared by the Government of India in the year 1984 to be celebrated as National Youth day all over the country. This day is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm to inspire all the youths of country to adopt the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda and his ethics.
Paying Homage and Salute to the Courageous Armed Forces
Each year the 15th of January is celebrated as the army day in India. It has been started celebrating to respect the Lieutenant General of India, K.M Cariappa who succeeded the British army general Roy butcher and became the first commander-in-chief of the Indian Army.
Commemorating the Birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
The birthday of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, a legendary figure in the history of India is celebrated on 23rd of January and it’s a plea of the Netaji’s followers to celebrate his birth anniversary as “desh prem divas??? in order to recall his great sacrifice for the country.
Emphasizing on promoting girl’s position in society
24th of January is observed as National Girl Child day across India. This is to increase the awareness among people about the discrimination the girl child face in the society and to offer them more support and opportunities to stand equally along the boys and to lead a better satisfied life.
Rejoicing the Coming of the Indian Constitution into Force
The citizens across India celebrate the nation’s Republic day, which is a gazette holiday on January 26 each year. It is a day to remember the adoption of India’s constitution on January 26, 1950, accomplishing the country’s conversion towards becoming an independent republic.
Celebrating the International Customs Duty Day
January 26, this very day is also celebrated as the international customs duty day. The day is dedicated to the first official meeting of custom co-operation council. Also, known as World Customs Organization (WCO), it is the only intergovernmental organization entirely emphasized on custom matters.
Remembering the real heroes of nation
Martyrs’ day gets celebrated once in a year in nations to salute the martyrdom of soldiers who lost their lives defending sovereignty of the nation. The actual day may differ from one country to another.
Raising public awareness about leprosy
The World leprosy eradication day is celebrated internationally on 30th January or the Sunday closest to that. The main purpose of this celebration is to help people suffering from the disease to understand that it is a curable disease and to let them know that other people care about them. This particular day was actually chosen to honor the death of Indian leader, Gandhi, who understood the importance of this disease.
January is reflected as the coldest month of the year in most of the Northern Hemisphere and warmest month of the year in most of the Southern Hemisphere. January starts on the same day of the week as April and July and ends on the same of the week as July.