Celebrate the month of January with your kids and learn lots of January Fun facts including birthstones, flowers, and holidays.
This January Fun Facts month is full of New Year and winter season fun, and a whole lot of HAPPY. January is the start of the New Year and of new beginnings.
Learn with us all about January with these fun facts and we have some added crafts and printables that will make you love the 1st month as much as we do!
Before we get into all of HAPPY January, don't forget to check out last month's December Fun Facts too!
The Month of January
The month of January is fun and a HAPPY month! Some of the stats about this month include:
- What Month is January? January is the (1st month) the first month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (12-month calendar).
- How Many Days are In January? There are 31 days in the month of January
While the current calendar has January as the first month of the year, that wasn't always the case. The early Roman calendar (Julian Calendar) only had 10 months and January and February didn't exist.
Each month of the year has a few different symbols within the month. There are birthstones associated with each month. A monthly flower and astrological signs based on a January birth month.
These are all based on the month you were born. These are for the people's January Birthdays - January Babies!
- January's Birthstone - Garnet. It is considered a symbol of friendship, trust, protection, commitment, and love. Garnet is also said that the one who wears it will be kept safe during travel.
- January's Birth Flower - Carnation
- Astrology Zodiac Signs of January - Capricorn, and Aquarius
- Capricorn - December 22nd – January 19th
- Aquarius - January 20 – February 18
Holidays in January
January is the second of the Winter months in the northern hemisphere (above the equator). It is Summer in the southern hemisphere. In North America, most locations experience lots of rain, snow, and cooler temperatures.
In terms of January Holidays here are a few:
- New Year's Day - January 1st
- Ellis Island Day - January 1st
- National Spaghetti Day - January 4th
- World Braille Day - January 4th
- National Trivia Day - January 4th
- Epiphany - January 6th
- Apple Tree Day - January 6th
- National Rubber Ducky Day - January 13th
- National Sticker Day - January 13th
- National Vision Board Day - January 14th
- Ben Franklin's Birthday - January 17th
- National Winnie The Pooh Day - January 18th
- National Popcorn Day - January 19th
- Penguin Awareness Day - January 20th
- National Hugging Day - January 21st
- Australia Day - January 26th
- National Chocolate Cake Day - January 27th
- National Puzzle Day - January 29th
- National Hot Chocolate Day - January 31st
Floating Holidays or Monthly Celebrations
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Third Monday in January
- National Thank You Month
- National Soup Month
- National Book Month
- National Hobby Month
- National Skating Month
- National Pizza Week - Second Full Week in January
Interesting Facts About January
- The month of January was named for the Roman god Janus. Janus had two heads, symbolizing one head looking backward and one looking forward.
- January originally had 30 days, until Julius Caesar added the 31st day.
- Ellis Island opened on January 1st, 1892. Since the opening, over 20 million people have immigrated to the United States.
- It is considered the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It is considered the warmest month of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.
- In leap years, January always starts on the same day as April and July.
- Alaska became a state on January 3, 1959
- Some celebrities whose birthdays are in January include - Elvis Presley, Oprah Winfrey, Dolly Parton, Betty White, Justin Timberlake, Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper
- The Chinese Calendar follows the movement of the moon and sun. The Chinese New Year falls between January 21 and February 21 each year.
- The Portuguese landed in South America (now Brazil) on January 1, 1502. They named the city Rio de Janeiro, which means 'River of January.'
Fun Facts For New Years
- It is estimated there are approximately 1 million people that ring in the New Year in Time Square, New York City.
- The first Tournament of Roses Parade was in 1890.
- Eating black-eyed peas, ham, and cabbage on New Year’s Day brings good luck in the U.S.
- Eating 12 grapes brings good luck over the next 12 months in the coming year in Spain and Peru on New Year's Day.
Fun Facts About Martin Luther King Jr.
- Martin Luther King Jr started college at age 15. He was gifted and skipped both 9th grade and 12th grade.
- He was born with the name Michael King Jr. His father, changed his own name when King Jr. was 5 years old. Then subsequently changed his son's name.
- Martin won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964
- His famous speech, "I Have a Dream" was delivered in 1963 at a rally named March on Washington.
- MLKJr was assassinated tragically on his balcony in Tennessee in 1968.
Other Fun January Activities
The beginning of the year is all about starting new and resetting. In January there are lots of Winter, Chinese New Year, and Visual Board fun too. We have lots of different crafts, printables, and coloring pages for January.
Fill the month with lots of different crafts full of Winter, Chinese New Year, and more. Crafts to use as Christmas decorations, countdowns, ornaments, and a whole lot of fun!
Have some January fun with this free printable January coloring page.
Happy January! Especially happy with this free printable January word search.
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