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Important Days in January 2024, List of National and International Dates

Important Days in January 2024: January is the starting of a year which is similar for everyone, which not only change calendar in our houses, people make new plans and a resolution for next coming 11 months which they want to achieve in this year. January is a new beginning for everyone so thats why January is so important. There are lots of Important days in January which we will be discussing in this article, as we have Republic day on 26th January which is very special day for India. Along with this many Indian festivals like Lohri, Makar Sakranti, Pongal are celebrated which all starts with a New Year.

Important Days in January 2024

January is the first month of the year in Gregorian calendars (followed by most of the World) and the first of seven months to have a length of 31 days. It is also known as New Year’s Day. January is named after the “god of beginnings and transitions”, “Janus” according to Roman Mythology. January is the winter month that brings the new year with new opportunities, new things, new abilities, new resolutions, and much more. Let us go through the important national and international days that fall in the month of January 2024.

List of Important Days in January 2024

Candidates must check the list of national and international important days and dates in January 2024. The following details can help candidates for the various competitive exams conducted by the Government for recruitment.

Date Important Days
January 01, 2024 New Year’s Eve
January 01, 2024 Global Family Day
January 04, 2024 World Braille Day
January 06, 2024 World Day of War Orphans
January 08, 2024 African National Congress Foundation Day
January 09, 2024 NRI (Non-Resident Indian) Day or Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas
January 10.2024 World Laughter Day, World Hindi Day
January 11, 2024 Lal Bahadur Shastri’s Death Anniversary
January 12, 2024 National Youth Day
January 13, 2024 Lohri
January 14, 2024 Makar Sankranti and Pongal
January 15, 2024 Indian Army Day
January 23, 2024 Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Jayanti
January 24, 2024 National Girl Child Day
January 25, 2024 National Voters Day
January 25, 2024 National Tourism Day
January 26, 2024 Republic Day
January 26, 2024 International Customs Day
January 28, 2024 Lala Lajpat Rai Birth Anniversary
January 30, 2024 Martyrs Day or Shaheed Diwas
January 30, 2024 World Leprosy Eradication Day (Last Sunday of January)

Significance of Important Days in January 2024

1st January: Global Family Day

It is celebrated as a day of peace and sharing. Its aim is to unite and spread a message of peace by considering and promoting the idea that Earth is one Global Family so as to make the world a better place to live for everyone.

4th January: World Braille Day

It is observed on January 4th  to honor the birth of Louis Braille. It is observed to raise awareness about how Braille plays a significant role in the complete realization of human rights in the lives of blind and partially sighted people.

6th January:  World War Orphans Day

On 6th January every year, World Day of War Orphans is celebrated to create awareness about the plight of war orphans and to address the traumatic conditions faced by them.

8th January: African National Congress Foundation Day

South African Native National Congress (SANNC) was founded on 8 January 1912 by John Langalibalele Dube in Bloemfontein. Behind this, the primary motive was to give voting rights to black and mixed-race Africans or to unite African people and spearhead the struggle for fundamental political, social, and economic change.

9th January: NRI (Non-Resident Indian) Day or Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

NRI or Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is observed every year on 9 January to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards the development of India. This day also commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai on 9 January 1915.

10th January: World Laughter Day, World Hindi Day

This day is celebrated every year on  10th January. The main objective is to create a suitable environment for the promotion of Hindi worldwide and to present Hindi as the prevalent language of the world.

World Laughter Day was established in 1998 and the first celebration was on 10 May 1998, in Mumbai, India, arranged by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement

11th January: Death anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri

He was the second Prime Minister of Independent India. He promoted the slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ He actively participated in India’s freedom struggle. Due to cardiac arrest, he died on 11 January 1966.

12th  January: National Youth Day

The birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda also called Swami Vivekananda Jayanti is celebrated every year on 12 January. He was born on 12th  January 1863. The government had decided to observe it as National Youth Day because the philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth. He had given a speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago and glorified India’s name.

14th January: Makar  Sankrati and Pongal

Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan or Maghi or simply Sankranti, also known in Bangladesh as Poush Sankranti, is a harvest festival day in the Hindu calendar, dedicated to the deity Surya (sun). It is observed each year the day Sun enters the Capricorn zodiac which corresponds with the month of January as per the Gregorian calendar. It marks the first day of the sun’s transit into Makara Rashi.

15th January: Indian Army Day

Every year 15th of January is observed as Indian Army Day because on this day in 1949 field Marshal Kodandera M Cariappa took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief.

23rd January: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was born on 23rd January 1897 in Cuttack, Orissa. He was one of the most prominent Indian freedom fighters. His army was known as Indian National Army (INA) or Azad Hind Fauj. He also led an Indian national force from abroad against the Western powers during World War II.

24th January: National Girl Child Day

On 24th January every year, National Girl Child Day is celebrated to highlight the inequalities faced by a majority of the girls in India, the importance of education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care and safety of girl children, etc.

25th January: National Voters Day

Every year on 25th January National Voter’s Day or Rashtriya Matdata Diwas is celebrated to encourage young voters to take part in the political process. In 2011 the first time this day was celebrated to mark Election Commission’s Foundation Day.

25th January: National Tourism Day

Every year on 25th January National Tourism Day is celebrated in India to raise awareness and educate people about the importance of tourism and the role it plays in the Indian economy.

26th January: Republic Day

On 26th November 1949, the Indian Constituent Assembly adopted the Constitution the supreme law of the land and replaced the Government of India Act of 1935. It came into effect on 26th January 1950 with a democratic government system. This day marks the largest parade that took place at Rajpath, Delhi every year.

26th January: International Customs Day

International Customs Day (ICD) is celebrated every year on 26 January by Customs Organisation to recognize the role of customs officials and agencies in maintaining border security.

28th January: Birth Anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai

Lala Lajpat Rai was born on 28th January 1865 in Punjab. He was a prominent nationalist leader who played an important role in India’s struggle for freedom. He also earned the title of ‘Punjab Kesari’ or ‘the Lion of Punjab’. He initiated the foundation of the Punjab National Bank. He died on 17th November 1928, due to serious injuries. The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Hisar, Haryana is named after Lala Lajpat Rai.

30th January: Martyrs Day or Shaheed Diwas

30th January is celebrated as Martyr’s Day or Shaheed Diwas every year in memory of Mahatma Gandhi and the sacrifice of three revolutionaries of India. As, of 30th January 1948, the ‘Father of Nation’ was assassinated. And on 23rd March 3 heroes namely Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru, and Sukhdev Thapar of the nation were hanged to death by the British.

30th  January: World Leprosy Eradication Day

World Leprosy Day is observed on the last Sunday of January to focus on the target of zero cases of leprosy-related disabilities in children. As we know that disabilities do not occur overnight but happen after a prolonged period of undiagnosed disease.


What is celebrated on 14 january?

Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14 January.

How many Important Days are there in January?

There are total 31 days in January, and every day is important.

Where can I check Important Days in January 2024 complete list?

You can check List of Important Days in January 2024 in this post above along with its significance.

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