January, the new year month, is considered as the month of happiness, joy and new beginning. We have a few festive occasions in January, but the effect of the new year makes it look more.

In general, we have the first day, the new year day as the most important event of the month. People have their own ways to celebrate new year, but generally, people organize celebration parties for that.

January 2013: Summary of Important events

Religious days

Hindus have one big day in the month, that is of Makar Sakranti (मकर सक्रांति) on January 14 – one of the most auspicious occasions in Hinduism. In southern India, the Sakranti is celebrated for 4 days, from 14th to 17th of January – as Bhogi Pandigai (Bhogi), Thai Pongal, Maattu Pongal, and Kaanum Pongal respectively.

Muslims also have one of their greatest religious days, Milad-ul-Nabi or Mawlid, celebrated as the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. Sunni Muslims have it on January 14, whereas Shias will celebrate it on 19th.

Social events

A couple of important national days fall in the month of January – the Republic day (गणतंत्र दिवस) on 26th and Martyr’s Day (शहीदी दिवस) on 30th. Below is the complete list of all big and small events in India for this month.

January 01, 2014WednesdayNew Year
January 04, 2014SaturdayMasik Vinayaka Chathurthi
January 13, 2014MondayPradosha Vrat
January 14, 2014TuesdayMakar Sankranthi, Milad-ul-Nabi (Sunni)
January 15, 2014WednesdayThiruvalluvar Day / Mattu Pongal
January 16, 2014ThursdayKaanum Pongal (Uzhavar Thirunal)
January 19, 2014SundayMilad-ul-Nabi (Shia)
January 26, 2014SundayRepublic Day
January 28, 2014TuesdayPradosha Vrat
January 30, 2014ThursdayGandhi Samaadhi, Martyr’s Day