January 2

January 2, is a great day to sit down and work on your New Years Resolutions, or goals for the year. You've partied, on New Years Eve, you've recovered and watched the games on New Years Day, so today is a great day to think about, and plan for the future of the year.

January 2 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

Today is National Motivation and Inspiration Day.  It is a great idea to set and track your goals each year, and it just makes sense to set your goals up at the first of each year.  The Top 3% of the most successful people write down, and track their goals annually!

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on January 2, include:

  • 55 MPH Speed Limit Day
  • Earth at Perihelion - January 2, 2024 @ 4:38pm EST (closest to the Sun)
  • Happy Mew Year for Cats Day 
  • National Buffet Day 
  • National Cream Puff Day 
  • National Motivation and Inspiration Day 
  • National Personal Trainer Awareness Day 
  • National Pet Travel Safety Day 
  • National Run Up the Flagpole and See if Anybody Salutes it Day 
  • National Science Fiction Day 
  • Swiss Cheese Day 
  • World Introvert Day 

2024 Weekly Holidays that include January 2, 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
  • New Years' Resolution Week - January 1-8
  • Silent Record Week - January 1-7
  • Someday We'll Laugh About This Week - January 2-8

2024 Monthly Holidays that include January 2, 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 soon 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. 

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for January 2 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

  • 1647 - Nathaniel Bacon, leader of Bacon's Rebellion, Va
  • 1920 - Isaac Asimov, Russia, scientist/writer (I Robot, Foundation Trilogy)
  • 1936 - Roger Miller, American Country singer, songwriter, and actor (King of the Road) (d. 1992)
  • 1968 - Cuba Gooding, Jr., American actor (Few Good Men, Jerry Maguire)
  • 1969 - Christy Turlington, American model (Calvin Klein)
  • 1971 - Taye Diggs, American actor, singer, and producer
  • 1975 - Dax Shepard, American actor and director

Famous Deaths

  • 1974 - Tex Ritter, American singer and actor (b. 1905)

Quote of the Day

Holidays-and-observances.com Quote of the Day for January 2nd!

"Make Motivating a Habit, and you will get there more quickly, and have more fun on the trip."  ~Zig Ziglar

If not NOW, when?

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

Brussels Sprouts Salad is January 2 Recipe of the Day from Healthy Diet Habits

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Broccoli, Cabbage, and Cucumbers is a Crunchy Delight. (Recipe link goes to Kerry's Healthy Diet Habits website)

This Day in History

  • 1776 - The first revolutionary flag is displayed.
  • 1788 - Georgia becomes the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution
  • 1913 - National Woman's Party forms
  • 1921 - The DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco opens
  • 1929 - US & Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls
  • 1941 - During World War II, German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.
  • 1942 - During World War II, Manila, Philippines is captured by Japanese forces
  • 1944 - 1st use of helicopters during warfare (British Atlantic patrol)
  • 1945 - World War II: Nuremberg, Germany is severely bombed by Allied forces.
  • 1947 - Gandhi begins march for peace in East-Bengali
  • 1959 - Luna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon and to orbit the Sun, is launched by the Soviet Union.
  • 1974 - 55 MPH speed limit imposed by Richard Nixon in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo.
  • 1975 - US Dept of Interior designates the grizzly bear a threatened species

This Day in Music

  • 1941 - The Andrews Sisters, releases "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"
  • 1969 - The Beatles begin work on what will be their Let It Be album and accompanying film.
  • 1971 - George Harrison's All Things Must Pass begins a seven-week run at the top of the US album charts from January 2 to February 20. During some of this time, the 1st single of the Album, My Sweet Lord holds the top spot on the singles chart.

This Day in Sports

  • 1965 - New York Jets sign quarterback Joe Namath
  • 1972 - Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers 14-3 in NFC championship game
  • 1982 - San Diego Chargers beat Miami Dolphins, 41-38 in 13:52 of Overtime
  • 1989 - UCLA wins a record 7th consecutive bowl game

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Silent Sam (noun)
1. (informal) A person who seldom or never speaks; a taciturn or unresponsive individual.

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