January 1

January 1 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

January 1, is the day that the new calendar year starts, according to the Gregorian Calendar that is in worldwide use.  The most popular holiday of the day is New Years Day. It is also a great day to start working on setting your annual New Years Resolutions!

It is a day of new beginnings!  One of my favorite Quotes is "Cherish Yesterday, Dream Tomorrow, Embrace Today". This would be great for everyone to learn to do everyday!

The drink of the day is a Bloody Mary, for those who indulged too much during their New Years Eve Celebration the night before!

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on January 1, include:

  • Apple Gifting Day 
  • Bonza Bottler Day 
  • Commitment Day 
  • Copyright Law Day 
  • Divorce Monday - January 1, 2024 (First Monday of the year is when most divorces are filed)
  • Ellis Island Day 
  • Euro Day 
  • First Foot Day 
  • Global Family Day 
  • Handsel Day - January 1, 2024 (First Monday in January)
  • National Bloody Mary Day 
  • National Hangover Day 
  • New Years Day 
  • New Year's Dishonor List Day 
  • Polar Bear Plunge or Swim Day 
  • Public Domain Day 
  • Rose Bowl Game - January 1, 2024 (Never on a Sunday Tradition)
  • Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God - (Catholic)
  • St. Basil's Day 
  • Thank God It's Monday Day - January 1, 2024 and June 3, 2024 (First Monday in January and June)
  • World Day of Peace 
  • Z Day 

2024 Weekly Holidays that include January 1, are:

  • Celebration of Life Week - January 1-7
  • Christmas Bird Count Week - December 14, 2023 - January 5, 2024; December 14, 2024 - January 5, 2025 (Every December 14 - January 5)
  • Diet Resolution Week - January 1-7
  • Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (Winter Enforcement) - December 18, 2023 - January 1, 2024
  • Kwanzaa - December 26, 2023 - January 1, 2024; December 26, 2024 - January 1, 2025 (Week of December 26 - January 1)
  • New Years' Resolution Week - January 1-8
  • Silent Record Week - January 1-7
  • Tie One On For Safety Campaign - November 23, 2023 - January 1, 2024 (Thanksgiving to New Years Day); November 28, 2024 - January 1, 2025

2024 Monthly Holidays that include January 1, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out my January Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of January.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming eventually, and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - Usually starts annually on January 5, and typically runs for a month or more, in Harbin, China and is the largest ice and snow festival in the world! 2024 dates are December 20, 2024 - Early March, 2024. 
  • Mummer's Parade - January 1 Held each year on New Years Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, It is believed to be the oldest folk festival in the United States.
  • Rose Parade or Tournament of Roses Parade is held every year on January 1 in Pasadena, California.  If Jan. 1st is a Sunday, then it will be held on January 2. It is a festival of flower covered floats, marching bands, equestrian riders followed by the Rose Bowl college football game. 

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for January 1 is a Capricorn.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for January are:

  • Carnation - The Carnation is the Birth Flower for January. The  symbolization of the Carnation means love, pride, beauty, purity, distinction, fascination, and loyal.
  • Snowdrop is a white flower with three small petals in the middle surrounded by three larger petals on the outside. The symbolization of the snowdrop means love, fascination, and purity.

See our GARDEN HOLIDAYS page for all the special days celebrating things of the garden!


The Birthstone for January is Garnet, which comes in a rainbow of colors. It is considered a great gift to symbolize friendship and trust.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1735-1818 - Paul Revere, Patriot in the American Revolutionary War
  • 1752-1836 - Betsy Ross, seamstress who designed the first U.S. Flag
  • 1895-1972 - J. Edgar Hoover, FBI Director from 1924-1972

Famous Deaths

  • 1782 - Johann Christian Bach, German composer (b. 1735)
  • 1953 - Hank Williams, American singer and songwriter (Drifting Cowboys) (b. 1923)
  • 1968 - Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, American publisher who founded DC Comics (b. 1890)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1772 - Founding Father of the United States, Thomas Jefferson marries Martha Wayles Skelton
  • 1824 - US President James Knox Polk marries Sarah Childress
  • 1989 - Actor Leonard Nimoy marries actress Susan Bay
  • 1994 - Microsoft CEO Bill Gates marries Melinda French

Quote of the Day

Every Day is a new start! holidays-and-observances.com Quote of the Day for January 1st.

Every Day is a new start! And every year is a new start! If you don't like something in your life, change it! If you don't like something in your personality, work to change it! Every day we are blessed with the ability to create our life the way we want it to be.  Sure there are struggles, problems, and road bumps along the way, but each day, put the past behind you and work towards the life that you want to have!

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
or a Recipe of the Day

Slow Cooker Chili Recipe by Healthy Diet Habits - a perfect meal for dipping chips while watching the games on January 1

Slow Cooker Chili Recipe made by Kerry, of Healthy Diet Habits.

A perfect healthy meal that can be fixed ahead of time. You can use this for dipping chips, while watching the games on January 1. Click the link above for the recipe, on Kerry's Healthy Diet Habits website.

This Day in History

Below are some of the big historical events that happened on January 1:

  • 1 - Origin of Christian Era
  • 1776 - General George Washington hoists Continental Union Flag
  • 1861 - President Lincoln declares slavery in the Confederate states unlawful
  • 1862 - 1st US income tax (3% of incomes > $600, 5% of incomes > $10,000)
  • 1863 - Lincoln signs Emancipation Proclamation
  • 1880 - Building of the Panama Canal begins
  • 1886 - 1st Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California
  • 1892 - Ellis Island becomes reception center for new immigrants to the United States
  • 1908 - 1st time, ball signifying the New Year is dropped at Times Square in New York City
  • 1913 - Post office begins parcel post deliveries
  • 1934 - Alcatraz officially becomes a federal prison
  • 1942 - United Nations is created by 26 nations who agreed to sign a declaration to create a peace keeping organization.
  • 1948 - 1st color newsreel filmed in Pasadena, California
  • 1959 - Batista forced out by Castro-led revolution
  • 1962 - United States Navy SEAL's are established
  • 1971 - Cigarette advertisements banned on TV
  • 1985 - 1st mandatory seat belt law in the United States, goes into effect in New York
  • 1998 - The European Central Bank is established
  • 2007 - Adam Air Flight 574 vanishes over the Sulawesi Straight in Indonesia with 102 people on board
  • 2017 - A nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey is attacked by terrorists during the New Year's celebrations killing 39 people and injuring more than 60 people
  • 2023 - Croatia becomes the 20th Eurozone Country to officially adopt the Euro and join the Schengen Area, an area of 27 European Countries that have abolished all types of border control including passports at their mutual borders

This Day in Music

  • 1960 - Johnny Cash plays the 1st of many free concerts behind bars
  • 1966 - Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" reaches #1

Live in Central Park in New York in 2009

This Day in Sports

Below are just a few of the many great Sports Events or accomplishments that happened on January 1:

  • 1935 - 1st Orange Bowl
  • 1935 - 1st Sugar Bowl
  • 1977 - Tony Dorsett runs for a record 202 yards in the Sugar Bowl

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Inception - (noun)

1. The Creation or beginning of something, the Establishment.

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