What is celebrated in the month of January?

The Month of January

In most of the world, January is the first month of the year. It is named after the ancient Roman god Janus.

Janus was the god of beginnings and the god of gates and doorways. He is shown with two faces. One face looks to the future. The other face looks back at the past.

In the northern part of the world, January is cold and snowy. It is near the beginning of winter. People go skating and sledging. But in the southern part of the world, January is warm. It is near the beginning of summer – a time for swimming and picnics.

New Year’s Day is just the first of many special days and observances in January. There are plenty of other days that can provide you with ideas for learning and fun to share with your child or students. For example, it’s International Creativity Month, so together you can explore and enjoy indoor activities that celebrate everything from letter writing and puzzles to dragons and kazoos. January is a prime time to learn about important people in history, such as Benjamin Franklin, Amelia Earhart, and Martin Luther King Jr.

Some observances focus on achieving a healthier lifestyle. You may find related activities planned by community centers, schools, or health care organizations related to these specific topics. On other days, you can celebrate with comfort foods, such as chocolate and bagels. Have fun celebrating the Chinese New Year, which is a long holiday filled with daily cultural traditions including feasts of symbolic foods and exchanging monetary gifts in auspicious red envelopes.

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