A very Happy and Prosperous New Year to one and all. It’s January 2020, and we are here with the full holiday calendar for the month. It’s the first month of the year and very special. And one thing that gets all of us excited is events and holiday calendar. Apart from all the bright and colourful festivals, it is always great to know about important events and days in advance. January 2020 in India will witness celebrations of Makar Sankranti, Lohri, Pongal, Guru Govind Singh Jayanti and Republic Day. There are many national days of India and the United States of America, which hold much significance. Apart from this, there are also important international days, minor secular observances, birth and death anniversaries and health days. Let us look at the January 2020 calendar in detail. Lala Ramswaroop Calendar 2020 for Free PDF Download: Know List of Hindu Festivals, Dates of Holidays and Fasts (Vrat) in New Year Online.

The first week of the month will see major celebrations in the form of Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti on January 2. It is a Sikh festival that commemorates the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. Tailang Swami Jayanti will be commemorated on January 6. Pausha Putrada Ekadashi Vrat dedicated to Lord Vishnu will also take place on January 6. Among significant national and international observances are Global Family Day (January 1), World Braille Day (January 4), National Bird Day and National Keto Day (January 5).

Harvest festivals are going to be the highlight of the second week of January 2020. Lohri (January 13), Makar Sankranti (January 15) and Pongal (January 15-18) will be celebrated with a lot of fun and enthusiasm. The week will also see the celebration of Swami Vivekananda Jayanti on January 12, which is also commemorated as National Youth Day. Among global observances, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (NRI Day) will take place on January 9 and National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11 is quite relevant. List of Dry Days of 2020 in India: Check Complete Dry Days Calendar With Dates When Alcohol Will Not Be Available for Sale in India.

Coming to the second half of the month, we will see big events and festivals like Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti on January 23, Republic Day on January 26, Vasant Panchami on January 29 and Gandhiji Punyatithi on January 30. Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary is also observed as Martyrs’ Day or Shaheed Diwas in India. And then there are a plethora of fun national days, especially being held in the USA. There are several food-related days like Peking Duck Day, Spaghetti Day, Milk Day, Pie Day, and so on.

January 2020 Festivals, Events and Holiday Calendar

Sr. No. Date Day Fasts/Festivals/ National/International Days
1. January 1 Wednesday English New Year, Global Family Day, International Public Domain Day, National Bloody Mary Day, National Hangover Day
2. January 2 Thursday Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti, National Science Fiction Day (US), Mannam Jayanthi, National Buffet Day, National Cream Puff Day, National Personal Trainer Awareness Day
3. January 3 Friday Savitribai Phule Jayanti, Masik Durgashtami, Banada Ashtami, National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day, National Drinking Straw Day, National Fruitcake Toss Day
4. January 4 Saturday World Braille Day (Birth Anniversary of Louis Braille), National Missouri Day, National Spaghetti Day, National Trivia Day
5. January 5 Sunday National Bird Day, National Keto Day, National Screenwriters Day, National Whipped Cream Day
6. January 6 Monday Pausha Putrada Ekadashi, Masik Karthigai, Vaikuntha Ekadashi Vrat, Tailang Swami Jayanti, National Technology Day, Handsel Monday, Plough Monday, World Day for War Orphans, National Bean Day, National Cuddle Up Day, National Technology Day, National Thank God It’s Monday Day
7. January 7 Tuesday Kurma Dwadashi, Distaff Day, National Bobblehead Day, National Tempura Day
8. January 8 Wednesday Pradosh Vrat, Rohini Vrat, National Argyle Day, National Bubble Bath Day, National English Toffee Day, National JoyGerm Day, National Winter Skin Relief Day
9. January 9 Thursday Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (NRI Day), National Apricot Day
10. January 10 Friday Pausha Purnima, Shakambhari Purnima, Arudra Darshan, National Save The Eagles Day
11. January 11 Saturday Chandra Grahan *Upachchaya, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, International Parity at Work Day, National Vision Board Day, Missionary Day in Mizoram, Lal Bahadur Shastri Death Anniversary, National Milk Day
12. January 12 Sunday National Youth Day (India), Swami Vivekananda Jayanti, National Curried Chicken Day, National Kiss A Ginger Day, National Marzipan Day, National Pharmacist Day, National Sunday Supper Day – Second Sunday in January
13. January 13 Monday Lambodara Sankashti, Lohri, Bhogi Pandigai, Sakat Chauth, Plough Monday, National Clean Off Your Desk Day – Second Monday in January, Korean American Day, National Peach Melba Day, National Rubber Ducky Day, Stephen Foster Memorial Day, National Sticker Day
14. January 14 Tuesday National Dress Up Your Pet Day, National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day, Ratification Day, Shop for Travel Day – Second Tuesday in January
15. January 15 Wednesday Pongal, Makara Sankranti, Uttarayana, Makara Vilakku, Army Day (India), Wikipedia Day, Intestinal Malrotation Awareness Day, National Bagel Day, National Booch Day, National Hat Day, National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
16. January 16 Thursday Mattu Pongal, Magh Bihu/Bhogali Bihu, National Religious Freedom Day (US), Thiruvalluvar Day, National Fig Newton Day, Get to Know Your Customers Day  – Third Thursday of Each Quarter, National Nothing Day, National Religious Freedom Day, National Without a Scalpel Day
17. January 17 Friday Vivekananda Jayanti *Samvat, Kalashtami, National Bootlegger’s Day, National Hot Buttered Rum Day
18. January 18 Saturday National Use Your Gift Card Day, National Michigan Day, National Peking Duck Day, National Thesaurus Day, National Winnie The Pooh Day
19. January 19 Sunday World Religion Day, World Quark Day, National Popcorn Day
20. January 20 Monday Shattila Ekadashi, National Buttercrunch Day, National Cheese Lover’s Day, National Disc Jockey Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Third Monday in January
21. January 21 Tuesday National Hugging Day (United States), National Granola Bar Day, Squirrel Appreciation Day
22. January 22 Wednesday National Blonde Brownie Day, Library Shelfie Day – Fourth Wednesday in January
23. January 23 Thursday Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti, Masik Shivaratri, National Handwriting Day, National Pie Day
24. January 24 Friday Mauni Amavas, Thai Amavasai, Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day, National Compliment Day, National Girl Child Day, Beer Can Appreciation Day, National Peanut Butter Day
25. January 25 Saturday Magha Navratri, National Voters' Day, Burns Night (Robert Burns' birth anniversary), National Tourism Day, National Florida Day, National Irish Coffee Day, National Opposite Day, National Seed Swap Day – Last Saturday in January
26. January 26 Sunday Republic Day, Chandra Darshan, Australia Day, International Customs Day, National Green Juice Day, National Peanut Brittle Day, National Spouses Day
27. January 27 Monday International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Family Literacy Day (Canada), National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day – Last Monday of January, National Chocolate Cake Day
28. January 28 Tuesday Data Privacy Day, National Blueberry Pancake Day, National Have Fun At Work Day, National Kazoo Day, Plan for Vacation Day
29. January 29 Wednesday Vasant Panchami (Saraswati Puja), Vinayaka Chaturthi/Ganesha Jayanti, National Corn Chip Day, National Puzzle Day
30. January 30 Thursday Skanda Shasthi, Gandhiji Punyatithi, Martyrs Day, Shaheed Diwas, CTE Awareness Day, World Leprosy Day, National Croissant Day
31. January 31 Friday Street Children's Day, International Outer Space Day, National Backward Day, National Big Wig Day – Last Friday in January, National Hot Chocolate Day, National Inspire Your Heart With Art Day

In addition to the above days, there are essential health awareness days. They are Intestinal Malrotation Awareness Day on January 15, National Without a Scalpel Day on January 16, Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day on January 24, CTE Awareness Day and World Leprosy Day on January 30. So, that was it. We hope this holiday and event calendar benefits you to the fullest. There is so much to do in the month, first and foremost being sticking to the New Year resolution. We wish all our readers all the happiness and again, a very Happy New Year 2020.

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