Important Days in January 2021: List of National & International Days

January is the first month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the first of seven months to have a length of 31 days. The first day of the month is known as New Year’s Day. Here is the list of important days (National and International) observed in the month of January.

Important Days in January 2021

1 January – Global Family Day

It is celebrated as a day of peace and sharing. Its aim is to unite and spread a message of peace by considering and promoting the idea that Earth is one Global Family so as to make the world a better place to live for everyone.

4 January – World Braille Day

World Braille Day is an international day on 4 January and celebrates awareness of the importance of braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the human rights for blind and visually impaired people.

9 January – NRI (Non-Resident Indian) Day or Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

NRI or Pravasi Bharatiya Divas observed every year on 9 January to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards the development of India. This day also commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai on 9 January 1915.

10 January – World Hindi Day

The day commemorates the anniversary of the first World Hindi Conference held in Nagpur on January 10, 1975, which saw 122 delegates from 30 countries participating in it. The aim of the conference was to promote the Hindi language worldwide.

11 January – Death anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri

He was the second Prime Minister of Independent India. He popularised the slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ He actively participated in India’s freedom struggle. Due to cardiac arrest, he died on 11 January, 1966.

12 January – National Youth Day

National Youth Day is celebrated on 12 January being the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. In 1984 the Government of India declared this day as National Youth Day and since from 1985 the event is celebrated in India every year.

15 January – Indian Army Day

Every year 15 January is observed as Indian Army Day because on this day in 1949 field Marshal Kodandera M Cariappa took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief.

20 January – Guru Govind Singh Jayanti

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti (also spelled Govind Singh) is a Sikh festival that commemorates the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs.

23 January – Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was born on 23 January, 1897 in Cuttack, Orissa. He was one of the most prominent Indian freedom fighters. His army was known as Indian National Army (INA) or Azad Hind Fauj.

24 January – National Girl Child Day

On 24 January every year, National Girl Child Day is celebrated to highlight the inequalities faced by a majority of the girls in India, the importance of education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care and safety of girl children, etc.

24 January – International Day of Education

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education , in celebration of the role of education for peace and development. … Their right to education is being violated and it is unacceptable.

25 January – National Voters Day

Every year on 25 January National Voter’s Day or Rashtriya Matdata Diwas is celebrated to encourage young voters to take part in the political process. In 2011 the first time this day was celebrated to mark Election Commission’s Foundation Day.

26 January – Republic Day

Republic Day is a national holiday in India. It honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act as the governing document of India and thus, turning the nation into a newly formed republic.

26 January – International Customs Day

International Customs Day (ICD) is celebrated every year on 26 January by Custom Organisation to recognise the role of custom officials and agencies in maintaining border security. It also focuses on the working conditions and challenges that customs officers face in their jobs.

28 January – Birth Anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai

Lala Lajpat Rai was born on 28 January, 1865 in Punjab. He was a prominent nationalist leader who played an important role in India’s struggle for freedom. He also earned the title of ‘Punjab Kesari’ or ‘the Lion of the Punjab’. He initiated the foundation of Punjab National Bank. He died on 17 November, 1928, due to serious injuries. The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Hisar, Haryana is named after Lala Lajpat Rai.

30 January – Martyrs Day or Shaheed Diwas

30 January is celebrated as Martyr’s Day or Shaheed Diwas every year in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi and the sacrifice of three revolutionaries of India. As, on 30 January, 1948, the ‘Father of Nation’ was assassinated. And on 23rd March 3 heroes namely Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru, and Sukhdev Thapar of the nation were hanged to death by the British.

31 January – World Leprosy Eradication Day

World Leprosy Day is observed on the last Sunday of January to focus on the target of zero cases of leprosy-related disabilities in children. As we know that disabilities do not occur overnight but happen after a prolonged period of undiagnosed disease.

January 2021 Important Days
DateName of Important Days
1 JanuaryGlobal Family Day
4 JanuaryWorld Braille Day
9 JanuaryNRI Day or Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
10 JanuaryWorld Hindi Day
11 JanuaryDeath anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri
12 JanuaryNational Youth Day
15 JanuaryIndian Army Day
20 JanuaryGuru Govind Singh Jayanti
23 JanuaryNetaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti
24 JanuaryNational Girl Child Day
24 JanuaryInternational Day of Education
25 JanuaryNational Voters Day
26 JanuaryRepublic Day
26 JanuaryInternational Customs Day
28 JanuaryBirth Anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai
30 JanuaryMartyrs Day or Shaheed Diwas
31 JanuaryWorld Leprosy Eradication Day

Hope you find this list of Important Days (National and International) helpful. Check the other STATIC GK articles that will help you in the preparation of various Government Exams.

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