The calendar below shows special events that are taking place in January 2015. Use these as the starting point for learning about different topics!
Click on any underlined links to find related resources that you can use in the classroom. National events are based in the UK, unless otherwise indicated.
|New Year's Day (1st)
The first day of a new year! A time to think about the previous year and think of new resolutions and achievements for the coming twelve months.
|Prophet Muhammad's Birthday (3rd)
Eid Milad ul-Nabi celebrates the anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad's birth. Some Muslims mark it with fasting or prayers.
|World Braille Day (4th)
Celebrate World Braille Day by remembering the life of Louis Braille and exploring braille in your classrooms.
Epiphany celebrates the visit of the wise men to the infant Jesus.
|Little Christmas (6th)
In Ireland, the 6th of January is traditionally known as Little Christmas, perhaps because Christmas celbrations fell on that day under the Julian calendar.
|Makar Sankranti (14th)
Makar Sankranti is one of the most important festivals of the Hindu calendar and celebrates the sun's journey into the northern hemisphere.
|Kid Inventors' Day (17th)
Kid Inventors' Day is celebrated on the birthday of Benjamin Franklin, who invented swimming flippers at the age of 12.
|World Day of the Snowman (18th)
The world celebrates the symbol of wintertime on this special day.
|Winnie the Pooh Day (18th)
Winnie the Pooh day is celebrated on the anniversary of the birthday of the author A A Milne.
|Martin Luther King Day (19th)
Martin Luther King Day marks the birthday of the American Civil Rights Leader and is a federal holiday in the USA.
|Vasant Panchami (24th)
Vasant Panchami is the Hindu festival that highlights the coming of spring.
|RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch (24th-25th)
Get your class counting birds and take part in the world's largest wildlife survey. Find out more about the event on the RSPB site and download our related resources here.
|Burns Night (25th)
Burns Night is a celebration of the life of the poet Robert Burns. It is marked in Scotland with the reading of Burn's poems and the eating of haggis.
|Farmhouse Breakfast Week (25th to 31st)
The Shake Up Your Wake Up campaign includes an annual Breakfast Week celebration championing the importance of breakfast.
|Indian Republic Day (26th)
Republic Day commemorates the date on which the Constitution of India came into force.
|Australia Day (26th)
Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. It is celebrated annually on 26 January.
|RNLI SOS Day (30th)
SOS Day is the RNLI's yearly fundraising day. It's all about getting involved and doing something fun while you help to raise lifesaving funds. Ideas and resources are available on the official site.
|Backwards Day (31st)
Backwards day is a fun day for doing things, well, backwards!
|National Storytelling Week (31st January to 7th February)
National Storytelling Week is about sharing stories, parables, fables and legends with others.
|National Bug Busting Day (31st)
One of three national days when people are encouraged to help prevent lice from circulating from head to head and back again.
Dates have been checked carefully, but please double-check yourself if you are planning any events based on this information. Thank you to Sam C for her help with researching many of these events.
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