The New Year is upon us and with it comes 12 months packed with many notable calendar dates.
There are a wealth of religious festivals, days of remembrance and celebratory events taking place across the whole year, with January in particular housing a myriad of special events.
Most notably is the fact that many other religions, faiths and cultures celebrate their New Year across different dates in January, meaning globally this first month is a joyous time – so much so that it is known as ‘Celebration of Life Month’.
Listed below are the many other calendar events taking place this month. If you are getting involved in any of these events then please let us know and send any stories you may have to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1st January: Mary Mother of God (Catholic/Christian), Feast of St Basil (Orthodox Christian), New Year’s Day/Hogmanay (Secular) and Gantan-sai (Shinto).
2nd January: Printing of the Talmud (Judaism).
4th January: World Braille Day (Secular)
5th January: Twelfth Night (Christian) and Birthday of Guru Gobindh Singh (Sikh).
6th January: Epiphany (Christian), Feast of the Theophany (Orthodox Christian), Dia de los Reyes (Hispanic Christian) and Nativity of Christ (Armenian Orthodox Christian).
7th January: Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian).
13th January: Baptism of Jesus (Christian).
14th January: Makar Sankranti (Hindu).
15th January: Seijin Shiki (Shinto) and World Religion Day (Baha’i).
17th January: Blessing of the Animals (Hispanic Catholic Christian).
18th January: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins (Christian).
19th January: Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian).
21st January: St Agnes (Christian).
24th January: Mawlid an Nabi (Islam).
25th January: Robert Burns Night and Conversion of St Paul (Christian).
26th January: Tu B’Shevat (Judaism).
27th January: Mahayana New Year begins (Buddhist) and Holocaust Memorial Day (Secular).
30th January: Mahayana New Year ends (Buddhist)
31st January: Birthday of Guru Har Rai (Sikh)
January is also recognised around the world as Cervical Cancer Prevention Month and Glaucoma Awareness Month.