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January 2024 holidays you need to know about

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Look at you; you made it to 2024!   


The perfect New Year’s resolution for many of us may be to simply work at taking things one day at a time. While the past few years have taught us that we shouldn’t take a single second for granted with family and friends, it’s a lesson we can all be more mindful of and carry with us into the new year.   


By taking life one day at a time, we can focus on the joy found in the little things—such as celebrating the fun and unique designated “national days” (in addition to the more well-known holidays). Is there a better way to enjoy life than by celebrating the smaller moments throughout the year?! Making every day special is a wonderful way to boost our moods and help keep a positive attitude throughout every aspect of our lives.  

The month of January is hosting some of the craziest and most delightful holidays that you may or may not have heard of. Let’s jump into 2024 and celebrate the big moments and the not-so-big moments! 

Days to celebrate the first month of 2024   

  • New Year’s Day (January 1, 2024) - It’s finally here-- the first day of the new year which represents renewed optimism, opportunity and hope. This is also a day some begin their resolutions. Need help with coming up with a 2024 goal or resolution? Focus on your mental or physical health to learn how staying positive and active can help start off the new year on the right foot. Check out these health tips for more ways to start off the new year strong!   

  • National Gluten-Free Day (January 8, 2024) – For those who suffer from gluten–intolerance (or celiac disease), you now have a day to celebrate just that! National Gluten-Free Day is a day full of anything but gluten. Take this day as a challenge to stay away from wheat and instead grab a salad for lunch or make a protein and rice dish for dinner. Do you have a sweet tooth? You can find many gluten-free dessert recipes online to satisfy your sweet craving while also staying away from gluten.   

  • National Apricot Day (January 9, 2024) – When a new year begins, many take it upon themselves to try something new. An apricot is a fruit that may be new to some but is the perfect healthy snack for you and your family. Try dried apricots for a sweet treat after lunch or dinner instead of grabbing a piece of chocolate.   

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 15, 2024) - On the third Monday of January, we annually observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and his impact as a leader in the civil rights movement. So, let us take time to reflect on the need for more inclusion and diversity every day. How can you make the world more inclusive, understanding and kind? Because this day is so important to our country, many businesses and schools are closed to observe this holiday.   

  • National Nothing Day (January 16, 2024) - Stop. Drop. And do nothing. Even though you may be on day 16 of your new year’s resolution, today is the day to take a break because this day is about doing nothing at all. Use this as a chance to take a nap and relax.   

  • National Popcorn Day (January 19, 2024) - Did you know that Indiana is just one of 12 states in the Corn Belt? If you didn’t know already, you know now! The U.S. consumes and grows most of the world’s popcorn. Indiana is only slightly behind the number one leading popcorn producer, Nebraska. At Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the leading insurer of Indiana farms, we understand that a lot goes into growing and producing popcorn. So, celebrate this day by eating a bowl or two!   

  • National Spouse Day (January 26, 2024) - For all you married adults out there, January 26 is the day to be thankful and show your gratitude for your spouse. Make dinner together, take a walk or share memories from over the years. No matter what you do, make it a day for the two of you to be thankful for having each other.   

  • National Eat Brussels Sprouts Day (January 31, 2024) – The last day of January is dedicated to a leafy green vegetable that has developed a bad reputation over the years…Brussels sprouts! Not only are Brussels sprouts full of healthy vitamins, they pair well with any main dish as a side option. Roast, sauté, grill or eat them raw in a salad on this day to celebrate this vitamin-filled vegetable. Add your favorite spices, olive oil or bacon to enhance the flavor of the green. Make it a fun side dish that will have your family saying yes to Brussels sprouts again!   

Celebrate 2024 all year long by finding time to cherish each day, no matter the occasion.

 *The information in this article was compiled from a variety of sources and is intended to provide helpful tips only.