Category: January 01

  • WORLD DAY OF PEACE – January 1


    On January 1st, the World Day of Peace invites all people to reflect upon the important work of building peace. It’s also a day for the Pope to give a special message that reflects the theme for the year and to pray for peace.

    When trying to define peace, people often use words like tranquility, calm, and quiet. Some associate peace with law and order. No matter how the word is defined, most people enjoy the feeling of being at peace.

    How to attain peace, however, can be difficult. This is especially true in a world that is full of strife, divisions, and political polarization. What is a societal norm in one culture is not acceptable in the next. These things also made it hard for different cultures to come together in a peaceful manner.

    “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” Dalai Lama

    With all of these obstacles, true peace seems impossible to attain. What one must realize is that peace begins within each of us. Once we have inner peace, we can more easily live in harmony with others. Those of the Christian faith are commanded to do this. The Bible states, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone.” (Hebrews 12:14) Beginning the journey of inner peace oftentimes begins with prayer and meditation.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldDayOfPeace

    Each year on this day, the Pope gives a special message pertaining to peace. The Pope invites all people to reflect on the message given. Listeners are encouraged to pray, learn, and do what they can to spread the message of peace.

    “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” Jimi Hendrix

    To participate:

    • Listen to the Pope’s message of peace or read it online.
    • Learn ways you can achieve inner peace and live in harmony with others.
    • Try to gain a new understanding of how people in other cultures live.
    • Discuss with others how peace can be attained around the world.

    You can also share this day on social media with #WorldDayOfPeace.


    Pope Paul VI began the tradition of sharing a World Day of Peace Message on January 1, 1967. This tradition has continued through the years with St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. In the past, messages have focused on human rights, women’s rights, the right to life, and peace in the Holy Land. Themes for messages in recent years include:

    2021: A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace
    2020: Peace as a Journey of Hope: Dialogue, Reconciliation, and Ecological Conversion
    2019: Good Politics Is at the Service of Peace
    2018: Migrants and Refuges: Men and Women in Search of Peace
    2017: Non-violence: A Style of Politics for Peace



    Every year on January 1st, Polar Bear Plunge Day encourages people to take a dip in cold, freezing waters. It’s also a day for participants to kick off the New Year by raising money for local charities. The day is also known as Polar Bear Swim Day.

    Have you ever dived into a swimming pool or lake, only to find the water too cold? It’s not a very pleasant experience. However, thousands of people every year intentionally plunge into icy waters. In some areas, the water is as cold as 34 degrees. Many of these brave souls do it just for fun. Others do it to raise money for charity.

    Some even say there are health benefits for taking the plunge into cold water. Some of these benefits include:

    • Boosts the immune system
    • Activates the endorphins and provides a natural high
    • Improves circulation
    • Burns calories
    • Reduces stress
    • Provides an opportunity to socialize and make new friends

    Despite the health benefits, there is a risk of hypothermia. To help prevent this from happening, swimmers should not remove their clothes until just before they jump into the water. They should also wear shoes so that the snow doesn’t stick to their feet. This also prevents ice from cutting or scraping the feet. It’s also recommended to only stay in the water for a few minutes. Once the swimmers are out of the water, they should dry off and get dressed immediately.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #PolarBearPlungeDay

    The best way to observe this day is to find an event in your area. You can also form your own event and use it as a fundraiser for a local charity. Simply grab some brave friends and family members on New Year’s Day and take a dip into the nearest lake or river. No matter how or where you participate, remember to be safe and smart about it. After taking the plunge, share your experience on social media with #PolarBearPlungeDay.


    Peter Pantages is credited for starting the Polar Bear Swim. Pantages, a Greek immigrant to Canada, swam in the English Bay all year round. The English Bay is located northwest of British Columbia. On January 1, 1920, Pantages encouraged a few of his buddies to take a dip in the frigid Vancouver waters with him. The group became known as the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club. Pantages died in 1971. However, the tradition he began one New Year’s Day lives on. Today, thousands of people take part in part in Polar Bear Plunges around the world.




    On January 1st, people throughout Scotland and Northern England celebrate First Foot Day. During this traditional New Year’s event, it’s believed that the person who first sets foot in someone’s home can bring good luck to the household. The day is also referred to as Hogmanay.

    This day is all about ensuring a home has good luck for the entire year to come. But it’s not just anyone that can bring good luck into the home. For the best chance of good luck, the first person to step inside should be a tall dark-haired stranger. Men with lighter hair are considered unlucky. This is because blond strangers are likened to Viking invaders. The first person to enter the house should also have shortbread, silver coins, salt, and a bit of whisky. They might also bring black bun, which is a rich fruit cake. Besides good luck, these items represent financial prosperity, warmth, and good cheer.

    After the first guest has arrived, many others follow. Food and drink are provided for all the guests. Many people celebrate a first-footing well into the next day. It’s also not uncommon for people to visit houses through the middle of January.

    Some first foot customs also revolved around the idea of marriage. Young maidens would often invite their sweethearts to be their first foot as a hint at marriage.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #FirstFootDay

    On January 1st, most people around the world have New Year’s parties. However, there are ways you can incorporate this day into your celebration. To participate:
    Pay attention to the first person that sets foot in your home after the stroke of midnight.

    • Sing Auld Lang Syne at your celebration.
    • Learn more about the history of this day.
    • Serve shortbread at your party.

    Spread awareness for this day on social media with #FirstFootDay.


    It’s believed that the tradition of Hogmanay dates back to the early 8th and 9th centuries. The invading Vikings are thought to have brought this celebration to Scotland. During a first foot or Hogmanay party, it’s also tradition to sing “Auld Lang Syne” by Robert Burns. Both friends and strangers are to be welcomed inside with warm hospitality. In recent years, Hogmanay parties have turned into exciting New Year’s parties. Many cities throughout Scotland and Northern England celebrate Hogmanay with music, street performances, torchlight processions, and fireworks.


  • EURO DAY – January 1


    Every year on January 1st, Euro Day celebrates the issuance of the monetary unit of the European Union. This monetary unit is called the euro.

    The United Nations recognizes 180 currencies used by the Member States throughout the world. We typically refer to currency as money. Currency includes paper, metal coins, banknotes, and cotton. The dollar, peso, franc, yen, and yuan, are all examples of different kinds of currencies.

    The world’s oldest currency is the British pound. This type of currency has been around for 1,200 years. The euro is one of the newer types of currency. The euro was born in 1999. However, the notes and coins didn’t begin to circulate until 2002. Currently, 334 million Europeans use the euro on a daily basis. Up until then, countries in Europe used the Dutch guilder.


    Many Europeans are thankful they have their own currency. One of the ways they celebrate this day is by spending their euros. Chances are you won’t be spending any euros on this day but there are other ways to participate:

    • Learn about the history of currency and the important role it has played through the years
    • Educate yourself on the different kinds of currency and in what countries it is used
    • Read about the process currency goes through before its issued and circulated

    Share what you learn by using #EuroDay on social media.


    The League of Nations first discussed the idea of a European currency in 1929. Due to WWI, they tabled the plan. Then in the late 1960s, the European Union and its predecessors began once again discussing a type of currency that every European country could use.

    In 1979, the European Monetary System was created. The European Monetary System fixed the exchange rate into the European Currency Unit (ECU). In 1988, France, Italy, and the European Commission supported a fully monetary union with a central bank. However, British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, opposed the proposal. Despite the lack of UK support, in 1992, the creation of a single currency for European countries move forward without UK participation. Finally, at midnight on January 1, 1999, the euro was introduced in a non-physical form. New notes and coins were introduced on January 1, 2002. Since then, European countries have celebrated Euro Day, annually.




    National Bloody Mary Day serves up one of the world’s most popular hangover cures on January 1, the Bloody Mary.


    When the Russian Revolution pressed fleeing men into Paris and to Harry’s Bar at The Ritz Hotel, bartender Ferdinand “Pete” Petiot mixed up a cocktail that eventually made its way to post-prohibition America.

    According to Food and Drink in American History: “Full Course” Encyclopedia by Andrew F. Smith, the Bloody Mary made its debut in Paris at The Ritz Hotel in 1921. Originally named the Bucket of Blood, it also went by the name Red Snapper. Petiot later left Paris and introduced the vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire, cayenne, and salty cocktail to the New York King Cole Bar scene when prohibition ended.

    Some attribute the name to the notorious Queen Mary Tudor, who executed hundreds of Protestants in the name of Catholicism during her short five-year reign from 1553 to 1558. Others claim Petiot’s girlfriend of the same name receives the credit.

    Today’s Bloody Mary includes a variety of ingredients from pickles, olives, and celery to bacon, horseradish, tobacco, and peppers.


    Enjoy a Bloody Mary and use this recipe! Select your favorite combinations and get ready for the new year. Have you tried pickled beans or asparagus? Like its cousin, the Bloody Caesar, the drink has become a smorgasbord of beverage bar. After a while, we begin to wonder whether we order it more for the liquid contents or the edible ingredients. However, if each additional component starts the New Year off right, the day is worth celebrating. Right?

    Of course, the best way to celebrate the day is with friends. And remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive. Use #NationalBloodyMaryDay to share on social media.


    As we ponder the origins of this holiday, National Day Calendar staff will nibble on the contents of the beverage. There’s a little something for everyone – a pickle, celery, olives. Oooh, bacon!

    Bloody Mary FAQ

    Q. What other kinds of cocktails use tomato juice?
    A. Tomato juice goes well with a variety of spirits. That’s one of the reasons the Bloody Mary tastes so good. Other cocktails to try include:

    • The Red Snapper, similar to the Bloody Mary in several ways, features gin instead of vodka.
    • For the tequila drinker, try the Tomato Paloma.
    • The Bloody Bull takes savory cocktails a bit further with the addition of beef consummé.
    • Try the Sangrita. This bright cocktail brings sweet pomegranate, orange, and lime juice to the mix in addition to tomato juice.
    • The Bloody Caesar brings clam juice to the mix.

    Q. Do I have to add vodka to a Bloody Mary?
    A. No. Virgin Bloody Mary’s quite tasty, too.

    January 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones publishes the novel Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus anonymously. Written by Mary Shelley, the author’s identity isn’t revealed until three years later when the second edition is published in Paris.


    The first immigrants pass through the doors of the Ellis Island Immigration Station. Ellis Island replaced Castle Garden as the new landing depot for immigrants entering the United States via New York.


    Entrepreneur C.W. Post of Battle Creek, Michigan introduces Postum Food Coffee. The Coffee substitute is made from wheat, bran, and molasses. Three years later he introduces Post Grape-Nuts cereal.


    The Hewlett Packard Company is founded in a garage in Palo Alto, CA by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard.


    David Dinkins takes the oath of office becoming New York City’s first Black mayor.


    The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) mandated hospitals to include no-smoking policies indoors or risk losing accreditation. Loss of accreditations places hospitals at risk of losing Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

    January 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays 

    Paul Revere – 1735

    The American patriot is best known for his midnight ride to alert other patriots of British troops. However, a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow leaves out a few names, including William Dawes, Samuel Prescott, Israel Bissell and possibly one other. The last one, Sybil Ludington, leaves some doubt in the mind of historians as no record of her ride exists until much later.

    Benjamin Leroy Holt – 1849

    The younger brother of the founder of Holt Brothers Company, Benjamin Holt invented the first tractor to use tracks instead of wheels.

    William Fox – 1879

    In 1915, Fox founded the Fox Film Corporation. He would later establish the Fox West Coast Theatres chain.

    Noor Inayat Khan -1914

    After joining the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) during World War II, Khan was recruited as a Special Operations Executive (SOE) to be a radio operator for the resistance network in occupied Paris. Her mission was to send coded messages back to London. In 1943, the Germans captured her, and they later executed her.

    J.D. Salinger – 1919

    The American author is best known for the coming of age story The Catcher in the Rye.

    James Sinegal – 1936

    In 1983, the American businessman founded the warehouse retail chain Costco Wholesale Corporation.



    On January 1st, National Hangover Day nurses the aching heads of all of us who over celebrates New Year’s Eve each year.


    Having a hangover the day after New Year’s Eve isn’t exactly how you want to enter the new year. In fact, we’re guessing anyone with a hangover is regretting their decision to over indulge in the adult beverage category. If you are one of those people who have a hangover, we might be able to help you recover from the previous night festivities.

    What Are Symptoms of a Hangover? 

    • Feeling tired: Alcohol is a toxin. Our bodies metabolize toxins (alcohol) at a certain pace. When the speed of consumption exceeds the pace the liver can process it, we become intoxicated. The risk of a hangover becomes substantially higher, too. As the liver breaks down alcohol, it produces the toxic chemical acetaldehyde. One of the substances the body produces to counter these toxins is glutathione. The body can only make so much at a time, and a night of drinking quickly depletes it. Since glutathione is a stimulant, when it’s exhausted, we feel tired.
    • Upset stomach:  Alcohol promotes the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Excessive amounts of hydrochloric acid lead to a queasy stomach, diarrhea, or vomiting.
    • Headache or muscle aches: Alcohol is a diuretic.  Dehydration leads to aches and pains, as well as the upset stomach listed above.

    How Do I Prevent that Hangover?

    • Eat – A fat and protein-loaded meal before or during the first round of drinks slows the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. No, the food doesn’t act a sponge, soaking up the alcohol, but it does slow down the digestive process. Fats and especially proteins, take longer to digest, and the alcohol will be released more slowly into the bloodstream.
    • Drink water – Keep hydrated between beers or shots by drinking a glass of water in between. Hydration dilutes the alcohol, giving the liver time to keep up and replace the fluids lost.
    • Avoid diet cocktails – According to WebMD, studies show cocktails mixed with fruits, fruit juices, or other sugar-containing beverages lessen the intensity of a hangover.
    • Pace yourself – The saying, “Beer then liquor, never been sicker. Liquor then beer, have no fear,” has more to do with the amount of alcohol consumed than the type. Beer tends to be consumed more quickly than hard liquor, and as the night goes on, each successive drink tends to go down easier. Starting with liquor and then switching to beer halfway through, one might drink more beer, but less total alcohol than if the process is reversed.

    What Are Common Best Hangover Cures?

    The only sure-fire cure for a hangover is time and lots of fluids.  Some common remedies may help ease the symptoms, and others only delay recovery.


    • The most common ‘cure’ is called “the hair of the dog that bit you.” This remedy suggests having some of what caused the hangover will help cure it.  However, the approach will only delay recovery as it will further tax the liver, increase the secretion of hydrochloric acid, and will not replace any of the fluids already lost to last night’s revelry.
    • Drink coffee – In the movies, a strong cup of coffee is often shoved into the hands of the hangover victim in hopes of bringing some life back into them. Coffee is a diuretic, and while it may stimulate the body temporarily, the effect doesn’t last and will only delay recovery.


    • Pain relievers may be the logical choice for that pounding headache, which is a common symptom of a hangover. However, they also tax the already overworked liver.  If a pain reliever is necessary, aspirin will have the least effect on the liver but can irritate the stomach.  Either way, pain relievers may delay recovery more than ease the symptoms.
    • Over-the-counter miracle cures may seem too good to be true, and they probably are.  Most of them require each pill to be taken with large quantities of water.  See *above about re-hydration.  These products may help ease the symptoms, but at an unnecessary expense.


    • Eat a banana. Bananas are high in potassium. While consuming alcohol, we lose a lot of this nutrient. Potassium loss contributes to muscle aches and cramps.  Eating a banana will help ease these symptoms.
    • Drinking plenty of water* during the party and replacing fluids after can help ease the symptoms of a hangover. Rehydrate with water, or also try fruit juices and sports drinks.  These will replace electrolytes that have been lost and also help recover from low blood sugar.  Studies have shown that alcohol consumption has a direct correlation to an increase in insulin.
    • Eating a meal with complex carbohydrates, protein, and a little fat can help ease the symptoms of a hangover.  Whole wheat toast can absorb some of the acids the stomach is producing.  A fried egg can give the stomach something else to do instead of producing acid and also replaces some nutrients the body lost during the party binge.


    Share your best hangover cure using #NationalHangOverDay on Social Media.


    At a get together at the Oven and Tap, a restaurant in Bentonville, Arkansas, in October 2015, people were talking about National Days. The conversation then turned to what day on the calendar had little or no National Days attached to it. When it was announced that January 1 was only known as New Year’s Day, Keegan Calligar and Marlo Anderson both stated simultaneously that it should be National Hangover Day.

    Keegan Calligar and Marlo Anderson submitted National Hangover Day in October 2015. The day was approved by the registrar of National Day Calendar® in November of 2015.

  • NEW YEAR’S DAY – January 1


    Nearly the entire world recognizes New Year’s Day on January 1st. It’s also one of the most celebrated holidays of the year. 


    Celebrations will begin in the Pacific Ocean with Samoa celebrating the New Year before the rest of the world. The latest stroke of midnight will occur in the middle of the Pacific Ocean near Baker Island, which is halfway between Hawaii and Australia.


    Traditions around the world:

    • Kiss at midnight the one person you hope to keep kissing the rest of the year.
    • Making noise, either in the form of fireworks, ringing bells, horns, blasting, or pistol shots are traditional around the world.
    • In Holland, they toast to the new year with spiced wine, wassail in England, or champagne in the United States.
    • Resolutions are not a modern tradition. The Babylonians made commitments to return borrowed objects and to pay old debts.

    Use #NewYearsDay to post on social media.


    The new year has been celebrated for millennia. The earliest record of new year’s celebrations occurred during Babylonian times. However, January 1st wasn’t always the designated day. For example, the first new moon after the vernal equinox ushered in the new year at one time. These festivities occurred in Martius (March), the first month in the early Roman calendar, which only had ten months.

    King Pompilius later added the months Januarius (named for Janus, the pagan god of gates, doors and beginnings) and Februarius bringing the calendar to 12 months. It was Julius Caesar who created the Julian calendar, which most closely resembles the Gregorian calendar a majority of the world follows today.

    Celebrating the first day of the year in the appropriately named month of January, Romans made sacrifices to Janus, giving gifts and general revelry. With his two faces, the god Janus was able to look toward the past and forward to the future. 

    New Year’s FAQ

    Q. Was New Year’s Day always on January 1?
    A. No. January didn’t exist on the Roman calendar used in the eighth century B.C. Around 700 B.C., Numa Pompilius created a 12-month calendar by adding January to the beginning of the calendar and February to the end of the calendar.
    Q. What is a New Year’s resolution?
    A. The tradition of making a resolution is aimed at making personal improvements in one’s life. Some common resolutions include:

    • Losing weight
    • Getting more exercise
    • Reducing screen time
    • Getting a promotion
    • Saving money
    • Buying a large item (house, car, boat, vacation)
    • Organizing the home
    • Starting a hobby
    • Reducing stress
    • Starting a business

    Q. I imbibed a bit too much on New Year’s Eve. How can I recover quickly?
    A. Visit National Hangover Day for a complete roster of tips to help you recover.