International Days January: Important National and World Days

International Days January: Important National and World Days

You will find a list of important birthdays, historical events, anniversaries of death, political innovations, festivals, and more in January at the national and international levels.

The month of January marks the beginning of the New Year. According to the Julian calendar and Gregorian calendar, January marks the start of the year. Every month has important events and days. 

To help prepare for multiple competitive examinations including SSC CGL, RRB, etc., we have compiled a list of important national and international holidays and dates for each month.

January is named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings. During this month of the new year, we are able to see all things past and future as we open the doors to the new year with new things.

Here are the dates and important days for January 2022 (both national and international).

International Days January: Important National and World Days

International Days January: Important National and World Days
International Days January: Important National and World Days

1 January – Global Family Day

Peace and sharing are the themes of this day. Through the concept of Earth as one Global Family, the organization hopes to unite and spread a message of peace to make the world a better place to live for everyone.

4 January – World Braille Day

On January 4, World Braille Day is celebrated to mark the birth of Louis Braille, the inventor of Braille. 

Braille is one of the most important means of communication for blind and visually impaired people and is an important component of fulfilling their human rights.

6 January – World Day of War Orphans

In an effort to address the traumatic conditions faced by war orphans, World Day of War Orphans is recognised every year on 6 January.

8 January – African National Congress Foundation Day

John Langalibalele Dube founded the (SANNC) South African Native National Congress in Bloemfontein on 8 January 1912. 

Essentially, this was done to ensure that black and mixed-race Africans had the right to vote or to unite Africans and push for fundamental social, economic, and political changes.

9 January – NRI Day or Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

To celebrate the contributions of the Indian community overseas towards the development of India, NRI or Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is held every year on 9 January. 

The day also commemorates Mahatma Gandhi’s return from South Africa to Mumbai, India, on 9 January 1915.

9 January – Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

It was he who created Khalsa, the military brotherhood of the Sikhs, the 10th and last of the Sikh Gurus. He was the son of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth guru of the Sikhs.

10 January – World Hindi Day

In commemoration of the First World Hindi Conference, it is celebrated on 10 January every year. 

World Hindi Day is commemorated on 10 January all over the world due to the popularity of Hindi. 

The purpose of this day is to promote Hindi throughout the world. There is also an objective to establish Hindi as an international language. 

Special programs are organized in all the countries of the world, including India, on the occasion of World Hindi Day.

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    11 January – Death anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri

    During the period of independent India after independence from British rule, Shastri served as the second prime minister. 

    As an active participant in India’s freedom struggle, he made popular the slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’. On 11 January 1966, he died from cardiac arrest.

    11 January – National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

    In order to raise the public’s consciousness about the persistent issue of human trafficking, it is observed on 11 January. 

    12 January – National Youth Day

    Swami Vivekananda Jayanti, or the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, is commemorated every year on 12 January. His birthday is 12 January 1863. 

    Since Swamiji’s philosophy and the ideals he lived and worked for can be a great source of inspiration for Indian youth, the government declared it National Youth Day. 

    In Chicago, he gave a speech that glorified India’s name during the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

    13 January – Lohri Festival

    The harvest season begins with Lohri in 2022, which marks the first festival of the year. Mostly in Punjab and Haryana, northern India celebrates it with great enthusiasm. 

    During Lohri festival, people light bonfires and dance around them with friends and family. Bonfire attendees offer wheat stalks, rice, rewri, jaggery, popcorn, and rewri. 

    14 January – Makar Sankranti

    Makar Sankranti marks the end of the winter season. Almost all of India’s Hindu population celebrates this harvest festival. Every year, it is celebrated around January 14.

    14 January – Pongal + Magh Bihu/Bhogali

    The Tamil community around the world celebrates Pongal, an Indian festival that is celebrated all over the world. 

    Pongal is celebrated in Tai month according to the Tamil solar calendar. An annual four-day event honoring the Sun God is held. 

    Pongal will be celebrated on 14 January 2022 according to the Gregorian calendar. The celebration will therefore take place from 14 January to 17 January 2022.

    14-15 January – Magh Bihu/Bhogali

    Bonfires and feasts mark the Magh Bihu festival. In Bhelaghar, young people build makeshift huts from bamboo, leaves, and thatch, and eat the food prepared for the feast the next morning before burning the huts.

    In addition to the celebrations, traditional Assamese games are played, such as tekeli bhonga (pot breaking) and buffalo fighting.

    In modern times, Magh Bihu is celebrated on the 29th of the month of “Pooh”, which is 14 January, and is the sole day of the festival (the festival used to last for the entire month of Magh, hence the name Magh Bihu).

    “Uruka” (28th of Pooh) is the night before, when people assemble around a bonfire, cook dinner, and have fun.

    15 January – Indian Army Day

    This day is also referred to as Indian Army Day as on this day in 1949, the last British commander-in-chief, General Sir Francis Butcher, handed over command of the Indian Army to field Marshal Kodandera M Cariappa.

    21 January – Tripura, Manipur, and Meghalaya Foundation Day

    In accordance with the North Eastern Region (Re-organisation) Act, 1971, Tripura, Manipur, and Meghalaya became full-fledged states on 21 January, 1972. 

    In this regard, 21 January is the Statehood Day in Tripura, Manipur, and Meghalaya. 

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      23 January – Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti

      Cuttack, Orissa, was Netaji’s birthplace on 23 January 1897. As a freedom fighter of Indian origin, he was regarded as one of the most prominent figures. 

      He led an army known as the Indian National Army (INA) or Azad Hind Fauj. The Indian national army was also commanded by him from abroad during World War II.

      24 January- National Girl Child Day

      Every year, National Girl Child Day is observed on 24 January to highlight the inequalities faced by most Indian girls, nutrition,  education,legal rights, medical care, and safety.

      24 January – International Day of Education

      The day is observed every year on 24 January to promote inclusive, equitable, and quality education for all.

      25 January- National Voters Day

      Rashtriya Matdata Diwas/National Voter’s Day is observed every year on 25 January to encourage young people to participate in politics. 

      Election Commission Foundation Day was celebrated for the first time in 2011 on this day.

      25 January- National Tourism Day

      There is no surprise that India dedicates a day to tourism because it is a treasure trove of mountain ranges, forests, and sea beaches. 

      The India National Tourism Day is celebrated every year on 25th January in recognition of the significance of traveling and protecting the environment.

      26 January- Republic Day India

      As a result of the Indian Constituent Assembly’s decision on 26 November, 1949, the Constitution became the supreme law of the land, replacing the Government of India Act 1935. 

      A democratic government system was implemented on 26 January 1950. In the past, this day has been marked by one of the largest parades in Delhi that took place on Rajpath.

      26 January – International Customs Day

      Customs Organisation celebrates International Customs Day (ICD) every 26 January to recognize the contribution of customs officials and agencies to border security. 

      In addition, it discusses the working conditions and challenges faced by customs officers.

      28 January- Lala Lajpat Rai Birth Anniversary

      He was born in Punjab on 28 January 1865. During the struggle for freedom in India, he played an important role as a nationalist leader. 

      In addition, he was known as ‘Punjab Kesari’, literally ‘the Lion of the Punjab’. A Punjab National Bank was founded as a result of his initiative. 

      A serious injury caused his death on 17 November, 1928. Hisar, Haryana’s University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences bears the name of Lala Lajpat Rai to honor him. 

      30 January – Martyrs Day/Shaheed Diwas

      In memory of Mahatma Gandhi and three Indian revolutionaries, 30 January is commemorated as Martyr’s Day or Shaheed Diwas each year. 

      In 1947, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse on January 30, which is also know as Martyr’s Day. 

      Three heroes of the nation, Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru, and Sukhdev Thapar, were hanged by the British on 23rd March.

      30 January – World Leprosy Day

      The last Sunday of January is observed as World Leprosy Day in order to raise awareness of the target of zero cases of leprosy-related disabilities in children. 

      A disability doesn’t occur overnight; it occurs after a prolonged period of undiagnosed illness.

      International Days January: In A Nutshell

      Day And DatesName of Important Days
      1 JanuaryGlobal Family Day
      4 JanuaryWorld Braille Day
      6 JanuaryWorld Day of War Orphans
      8 JanuaryAfrican National Congress Foundation Day
      9 JanuaryNRI Day or Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
      9 JanuaryGuru Gobind Singh Jayanti
      10 JanuaryWorld Hindi Day
      11 JanuaryDeath anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri
      11 JanuaryNational Human Trafficking Awareness Day
      12 JanuaryNational Youth Day
      13 JanuaryLohri Festival
      14 JanuaryPongal + Magh Bihu/Bhogali
      15 JanuaryMagh Bihu/Bhogali
      15 JanuaryIndian Army Day
      21 JanuaryTripura, Manipur, and Meghalaya Foundation Day
      23 JanuaryNetaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti
      24 JanuaryNational Girl Child Day
      24 JanuaryInternational Day of Education
      25 JanuaryNational Voters Day
      25 JanuaryNational Tourism Day
      26 JanuaryRepublic Day
      26 JanuaryInternational Customs Day
      28 JanuaryLala Lajpat Rai Birth Anniversary
      30 JanuaryMartyrs Day/Shaheed Diwas
      30 JanuaryWorld Leprosy Day (Last Sunday of January)

      So, these are the National and International essential Days of January 2022 which may also help in preparation for several exams and enhance your knowledge.

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