January: Awareness Months & Holidays for Causes (2023)

Illustrated calendar for January awareness celebrations

Every month, there are hundreds of national and international celebrations dedicated to raising awareness and support for meaningful causes.

For those working to bring attention to important topics, it can be challenging to keep track of the next relevant awareness event. We’re here to help.

At Good Good Good, we aim to help people feel more hopeful and do more good. For years we’ve privately curated a comprehensive list of important cause-themed holidays that we’ve used for creating content on our good news Instagram, our Goodnewsletter, our Goodnewspaper, and on this very website.

We’ve organized this list of observances and events by month — and are making them public for the first time. Our hope is that this will help you or your organization bring attention to important issues.

Where applicable, we’ve included resources (usually good news around particular topics, action steps on how to make a difference, or relevant quotes) — and encourage you to share them if you find them helpful.

The main days and months you should know about for January are:

National Blood Donor Month

January 1

Poverty Awareness Month

January 1

Dolly Parton’s Birthday

January 19

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

3rd Monday of January

World Leprosy Day

Last Sunday of January

Explore our comprehensive list of national and international months, weeks, days, and birthdays for the month of January:

January Celebrations:

Awareness Months

There are several awareness months celebrated in January — though the five that often get the most attention include National Blood Donor Month, Cervical Health Awareness Month, Mental Wellness Month, Poverty Awareness Month, and Veganuary.

National Blood Donor Month

Glaucoma Awareness Month

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Learn about the women fighting in court for access to HPV vaccines

National Adopt a Rescued Bird Month

Self-Love Month

Explore the best quotes about self-care — and read 101 ideas for self-care.

Mental Wellness Month

Read and share quotes about mental health

Poverty Awareness Month

Read and share quotes about poverty

National Eye Care Month

National Hobby Month

Explore the ultimate list of hobbies — and our guide to hobbies for women

National Codependency Awareness Month

National Stalking Awareness Month

Walk Your Dog Month

The dog poop bag industry is full of greenwashing, but fortunately, we’ve put together a guide on compostable and sustainable dog poop bags and alternatives


Dry January

Awareness Weeks

No Name-Calling Week - 3rd week of January

Awareness Days

New Year’s Day - January 1

Read our guide on sustainable New Year's resolutions to help the planet or explore ideas for your “word of the year”

World Braille Day - January 4

National Bird Day - January 5

National Electricity Day - January 9

National Save the Eagles Day - January 10

Paget’s Awareness Day - January 11

World Religion Day - January 15

Read our collection of good news stories about people of faith

National Penguin Day - January 20

National Squirrel Appreciation Day - January 21

Trans Prisoner Day of Action and Solidarity - January 22

Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day - January 24

International Holocaust Remembrance Day - January 27

Use and share this guide on how to fight antisemitism in your community and around the world

National Geographic Day - January 27

NASA Day of Remembrance - January 27

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - 3rd Monday in January

Get to know how best to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day — and read (non-cliché) quotes from MLK and expand with quotes from his wife, Coretta Scott King, and his daughter, Bernice King.

World Leprosy Day - Last Sunday of January

International Zebra Day - January 31

Notable Birthdays

Birthdays of leading activists, nonprofit leaders, and other world-changers:

Greta Thunberg’s Birthday - January 3

Read and share the best quotes from Greta Thunberg

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka’s Birthday - January 8

Learn about Dr. Gladys’ inspiring conservation efforts

Alice Nkom’s Birthday - January 14

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday - January 15

Read Martin Luther King’s lesser-known quotes

Dian Fossey’s Birthday - January 16

Read about how the endangered mountain gorilla population has grown by 71% in 10 years

Michelle Obama’s Birthday - January 17

Muhammad Ali’s Birthday - January 17

Eartha Kitt’s Birthday - January 17

Betty White’s Birthday - January 17

Read about Betty White’s legacy of caring for animals

Rev. James Lewis Stoll’s Birthday - January 18

Dolly Parton’s Birthday - January 19

Celebrate the day by reading Dolly Parton’s best inspirational quotes about making the world a better place

Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Birthday - January 25

Explore More Events:

Main Awareness Calendars: All Awareness Holidays | Heritage Months | International Days

More Awareness Calendars:  Animals | Pets | Environment & Sustainability | LGBTQ+ | Black & African American | Mental Health | Disability | Cancer | HIV/AIDS

Awareness Days & Months: January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

Is this list missing a holiday or awareness week/month? Let us know. We want to ensure this list is comprehensive and inclusive.

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