Events

New Year's Day

New Year's Day

1st January

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.

World Braille Day

World Braille Day

4th January

Celebrate World Braille Day by remembering the life of Louis Braille and exploring braille in your classrooms.

Little Christmas

Little Christmas

6th January

In Ireland, the 6th of January is traditionally known as Little Christmas, perhaps because Christmas celebrations fell on that day under the Julian calendar

Big School's Bird Watch

Big School's Bird Watch

6th January to 21st February

The Big Schools' Birdwatch is the biggest wildlife survey in schools. It helps to track numbers of birds in school grounds, providing an insight into which species are doing well or not so well and inspiring children about nature. 90,000 pupils and teachers took part last year.

Epiphany

Epiphany

6th January

Epiphany celebrates the visit of the wise men to the infant Jesus.

Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival

8th January to 26th January

Sydney Festival is a major arts festival. The program features events from local and international artists and includes contemporary and classical music, dance, circus, drama, visual arts and artist talks.

Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti

15th January

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

Kid Inventors' Day

17th January

Kid Inventors' Day is celebrated on the birthday of Benjamin Franklin, who invented swimming flippers at the age of 12.

Winnie the Pooh Day

Winnie the Pooh Day

18th January

Winnie the Pooh day is celebrated on the anniversary of the birthday of the author A A Milne.

World Day of the Snowman

World Day of the Snowman

18th January

The world celebrates the symbol of wintertime on this special day.

World Religion Day

19th January

The aim of World Religion Day, held on the third Sunday in January every year, is to promote inter-faith understanding and harmony. Through a variety of events held around the globe, followers of every religion are encouraged to acknowledge the similarities that different faiths have.​

Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day

20th January

Martin Luther King Day marks the birthday of the American Civil Rights Leader and is a federal holiday in the USA.

National Handwriting Day

23rd January

National Handwriting Day is an unofficial holiday that celebrates and commemorates the practice of handwriting with a pen or pencil.​

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

25th January

Chinese New Year, also known as the spring festival, is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. 2018  is the year of the dog.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

25th January to 27th January

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.

 

Tết - Vietnamese New Year

Tết - Vietnamese New Year

25th January

The Vietnamese Festival celebrates the arrival of Spring.

Burns Night

Burns Night

25th January

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.

Australia Day

Australia Day

26th January

Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. It is celebrated annually on 26 January.

Indian Republic Day

Indian Republic Day

26th January

Republic Day commemorates the date on which the Constitution of India came into force.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day

27th January

Holocaust Memorial Day is a national commemoration day in the United Kingdom dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in The Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.​

Vasant Panchami

Vasant Panchami

29th January

Vasant Panchami is the Hindu festival that highlights the coming of spring.

Backwards Day

Backwards Day

31st January

Backwards day is a fun day for doing things, well, backwards!

National Bug Busting Day

National Bug Busting Day

31st January

One of three national days when people are encouraged to help prevent lice from circulating from head to head and back again