JANUARY HOLIDAYS, EVENTS AND AWARENESS 2012
Well, it is leap year! So that can mean only one thing to those living in the US and its territories; there will be a presidential election later this year. Every leap year is the election then the following January the president-elect is then sworn into office during the Inauguration on the third Sunday of the month. It also means this is an Olympic year. It used to be both the summer and winter Olympics were held in the same year, always a leap year, but now they are every two-years alternating between summer and winter athletics. This year London, England will be host to the Summer Olympics July 27, 2012 through August 12, 2012. My eyes will be glued to the TV!
January is the first month of the year in the "Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with the length of 31 days. The first day is known as New Year's Day. It is, on average, the coldest month of the year within most of the Northern Hemisphere (where it is the second month of winter) and the warmest month of the year within most of the Southern Hemisphere (second month of summer). In the Southern hemisphere, January is the seasonal equivalent of July in the Northern hemisphere.
January starts on the same day of the week as October in common years and starts on the same day of the week as April and July in leap years. In a common year, January ends on the same day of the week as February and October and ends on the same day of the week as July in a leap year.
January is named after Janus (Ianuarius), the god of the doorway; the name has its beginnings in Roman mythology coming from the Latin word for door (ianua). In other words, January is the door to the year. Traditionally, the original Roman calendar consisted of 10 months totaling 304 days, winter being considered a monthless period. Around 713 BC, the semi-mythical successor of Romulus, King Numa Pompilius, is supposed to have added the months of January and February, allowing the calendar to equal a standard lunar year (365 days). Although March was originally the first month in the old Roman Calendar, January became the first month of the calendar year under either Numa or the Decemvirs about 450 BC (Roman writers differ). In contrast, specific years pertaining to dates were identified by naming two consuls, who entered office on May 1st and March 15th (beware the Ides of March!) until 153 BC, when they began to enter office on January 1st.
The Birthstone is Garnet, which represents constancy.
The Birth Flower is The Cottage Pink, Dianthus Caryophyllus or Galanthus
The Chinese Flora Emblem is the Prunus Mume.
The Japanese Floral Emblem is the camellia (Camellia Sinensis).
Zodiac Signs ~ Capricorn (Goat) December 22nd - January 19th and Aquarius (Water Bearer) January 20th - February 18th.
Moon Phases: Full Moon on the 9th and a New Moon on the 23rd.
Haiti ~ 1st
Martyrs's Day ~ Panamanian holiday (9th - Commemorating the 1964 riots over sovereignty of the Panama Canal Zone)
United of Moldavia and Wallachia under the same ruler in 1859 ~ 24th
Republic Day in India ~ 26th
Australia Day ~ 26th
Auckland Anniversary in Auckland, New Zealand ~ Monday closest to January 29th
Foods for the Month of January
For the Month: Apple and Apricots, Artichoke and Asparagus, California Dried Plums, Hot Tea, Soup, Oatmeal, Tubers and Dried Fruit.
For the Week: Fresh Squeezed Juice (17th - 23rd) and Meats (29th - February 5th)
By the Day: Chocolate-Covered Cherries Day (3rd), Bean Day (5th), Tempura Day (7th), English Toffee Day (8th), Popcorn (19th), Pie (23rd) and Peanut Brittle Day (26th).
Be Kind to Food Servers Month
Birth Defects Month
Thank You Month
Carnival Season (January 1st - February 21st when Mardi Gras is celebrated)
International Change Your Stars Month ~ A Daily Guide to focus on improving your life!
International Creativity Month
International Quality of Life month
International Wayfinding Month
International Wealth Mentality Month
Be On Purpose Month Month
National Child-Centered Divorce Awareness Month
National Clean-Up Your Computer Month
National Glaucoma Awareness Month
Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month
Stalking Awareness Month
National Poverty in America Awareness Month
National Skating Month
Volunteer Blood Donor Month AABB.Org
Polka Music Month
Radon Action Month
Rising Star Month ~ Reach for the Stars by Designing a Personal Life Plan.
Self-help Group Awareness Month
Thyroid Awareness Month AACE.com
Celebration of Life Week (1st - 7th)
Diet Resolution Week (1st -7th) and Lose Weight/Feel Great Week (1st - 8th)
Women's Self-Empowerment Week (5th - 9th)
Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (5th - 8th),
Universal Letter Writing Week (8 - 14th)
The International Consumer Electronics' Show runs from January 10th - 13th
Cuckoo Dancing Week (11th - 17th ~ don't ask )
International Printing Week (16th - 22nd) ~ my neighbor travels around the world fixing printing presses!
The Sundance Film Festival will be held January 20th - 30th
World Leprosy Week Lepra.org (21st - 27th
KidFilm Festival Week (22nd - 25th)
Nurse Anesthetists Week (22nd - 28th)
Medical Group Practice Week (23rd - 27th)
National Nuclear Science Week (23rd - 27th)
No Name-Calling Week Website (23rd - 27th)
National Cowboy-Poetry Gathering Week (30th - February 4th)
JANUARY DAILY OBSERVANCES
January First (1st):
Aside from being the first day of the year, a celebration of its own, the date includes the celebration or awareness of: Copyright © Law Day, Ellis Island Day, Global Family Day, Euro Day, First Foot Day, Mummer's Parade, New Year's Dishonor List Day, Polar Bear Plunge or Swim Day, Saint Basil's Day and Z Day.
January Second: (2nd):
Handsel Monday, Rose Bowl Day (includes the Tournament of Roses Parade, as well as the Rose Bowl Football Game), "Happy Mew Year" for kitties day, Thank God it's Monday Day, Motivation and Inspiration Day, Personal Trainer Awareness and 55-MPH Speed-Limit Day (as if!).
January Third (3rd):
Drinking Straw Day, J.R.R. Tolkien Day and Memento Mori
January Fourth (4th)
"Remember You Die" Day, Dimpled Chad Day (if you have to ask, just never mind... has to do with the presidential election for George "Dubya" Bush), Pop-Music Day (video for the song "Pop Music" ~ just for fun ), Tom Thumb Day, Trivia Day, World Braille Day and World Hypnotism Day.
January Fifth (5th):
Earth at Perihelion (closes to the sun), Asara B'Tevet עשרה בטבת and Bird Day, which brings awareness to how many birds could become extinct.
January Sixth (6th):
Epiphany or Twelfth Night, and as related to Twelfth Night; Three Kings' Day.
January Seventh (7th):
Plough Sunday, Orthodox Christmas Day, International Programmer's Day, Harlem Globetrotter's Day ~ Video to show the Globetrotter's (a favorite of mine ~ love to watch them play basketball with their amazing antics ~ the video is set some great music), I'm Not Going to Take It Anymore Day ~ let loose your inner Office Space and Network rage!
January Eighth (8th)
Bubble Bath Day, Earth's Rotation Day, Show and Tell Day at Work, Midwife's Day or Women's Day and War on Poverty Day.
January Ninth (9th):
Coming of Age Day in Japan, Balloon Ascension Day, Clean Off Your Desk Day and Static Electricity Day (I get zapped all the time!).
January Tenth (10th):
United Nations Day
January Eleventh (11th):
Amelia Earhart Day and Cigarettes Are Hazardous to Your Health Day (you mean, there are people that do not know that??? )
January Thirteenth (13th):
On the first Friday the 13th of the year, "Blame Some Else Day" is always celebrated; however, most people do not need a special day to blame some else! Friday the Thirteenth, Public Radio Broadcasting Day and Rubber Duckie Day ( Rubber Duckie, You're the One.... link includes lyrics and video of Ernie singing the song with his Rubber Duck).
January Fourteenth (14th):
Ratification Day, Caesarean Section Day, Dress up Your Pet Day, Organize Your Home Day and the Miss America Pageant.
January Fifteenth (15th):
Makara Sankranthi (Festival of the Harvest in India), World Humanitarian Day and Religious Free Day.
January Sixteenth (16th):
Feast of the Santo Niño in the Philippines, Appreciate a Dragon Day, Nothing Day... a day to do, um, nothing I guess..... Robert E. Lee Day (always the third Monday of January), World Religion Day and Martin Luther King Day is always observed on the third Monday of January and is a Federal holiday. Oddly enough, no one seems to be precisely sure of his actual birthdate, but the best guess is that King was born on or around January 15, 1929.
January Seventeenth (17th):
Cable Car Day, Kid Inventor's Day, Rid the World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day and Judgment Day.
January Eighteenth (18th):
Pooh Day (as in Winnie the Pooh ~ creation of A.A. Milne, Thesaurus Day and the National Sanctity of Human Life Day.
January Nineteenth (19th):
Tin Can Day, Get to Know Your Customers Day, Women in Blue Jeans Day and Women's Healthy Weight Day.
January Twentieth (20th):
Camcorder Day, Disc Jockey Day and International Fetish Day.
January Twenty-first (21st):
AFRMA (I swear I am not making this up) Fancy Rat and Mouse Day and National Hugging Day.
January Twenty-Second (22nd):
Answer Your Cat's Questions Day (I do that every day... a kitty looks at me and says, "meow" and I look at him and say, no you cannot have any treats right now!), Celebration of Life Day and Roe VS. Wade Day (which seems to be a bit incongruent to me to have both awareness issues on the same day ).
January Twenty-Third (23rd):
Chinese New Year ~ 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, Handwriting Day and Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day (this really isn't funny... three times our mailbox has been taken out by the dang Snow Plow driven by a county worker ).
January Twenty-Fourth (24th):
Belly Laugh Day , National Compliment Day , Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day and Rabi'I ربيع الأوّل the third month in the Islamic Calendar when Muslims around the world celebrate Mawlid, the birthday of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.
January Twenty-Fifth (25th):
Macintosh Computer Day! My very first Mac was a 6 1/2" screen. I kid you not. It actually had an internal memory, which was a whole lot more than the Apple 2Gs Limited-Woz edition and the Apple IIE had!
World Leprosy Day (see Weekly Awareness for dates for the week event) and Burns night in Scotland.
January Twenty-Sixth (26th):
Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement and Lotus 1-2-3 Day.
January Twenty-Seventh (27th):
Auschwitz Liberation Day and Holocaust Remembrance Day, as well as the International Day of Commemoration in the Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust Day.
Pre-School Fitness Day, Thomas Crapper Day, Viet Nam Peace Day and Fun at World Day.
January Twenty-Eighth (28th):
Data Privacy Day (there is such a thing as privacy on the Internet???), National Kazoo Day, Seed Swap Day and Thank a Plugin Developer Day!
January Twenty-Ninth (29th):
Curmudgeons Day (Hey you kids! Get off of my lawn! ), Freethinkers Day, National Puzzle Day (I love Puzzles!), Seeing Eye Dog Day and Thomas Paine Day.
January Thirtieth (30th):
Inane Answering Message Day and Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (always the last Monday of the month)
January Thirty-First (31st):
For all those Retirees that were part of the Social Security System, Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day!
And for deviantART, Inspire Your Heart with Art Day!!!