Important Days in January - National and International

Important Days in January 2020

Today, we are going to share a list of national and international important days in January as it is an important part of the general awareness section in every competitive exam SSC, banking and Kerala Psc exams.

Day Importance
1st January
  • Global Family Day 
  • World Peace Day 
  • Cochin Carnival 
  • Army Medical Corps Establishment Day
2nd January
  • African National Congress Foundation Day
  • Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
  • Mannam Jayanthi
4th January
  • World Braille Day
5th January
  • World Environment Day
6th January
  • World War Orphans Day
9th January
  • Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(NRI Day)
10th January
  • World Laughter Day
  • World Hindi Day
11th January
  • Death anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri
  • Missionary Day
12th January
  • National Youth Day (Birthday of Swami Vivekanand)
13th January
  • Lohri
14th January
  • International Kite Festival
15th January
  • Indian Army Day
  • Makar Sankranti
16th January
  • National Immunization Day (Polio Day)
20th January
  • Martin Luther King Day/MLK Day
21st January
  • World Hug Day
23rd January
  • Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary
24th January
  • National Girl Child Day of India
25th January
  • National Tourism Day
  • Voter’s Day
  • International Customs Duty Day
26th January
  • India’s Republic Day
  • International Customs Day(ICD)
27th January
  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day
28th January
  • Data Protection Day
  • Birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai
30th January
  • Mahatma Gandhi’s Martyrdom Day (Martyr's Day/Shaheed Diwas/Sarvodaya Day)
  • World Leprosy Day
11th January to 17th January 2020 - National Road Safety Week


  • January 4: Birthday of Louis Braille who invented Braille Script.
  • January 9: Commemoration of Gandhiji's return to India from South Africa on January 9, 1915. Purpose - to recognize the Non-Resident Indians who have contributed to the development of India. First celebrated in 2003.
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri - Second Prime Minister of Independent India, popularized the slogan 'Jai Jawan Jai Kisan' 
  • The theme of National Youth Day is 'Channelizing Youth Power for Nation Building.'
  • January 15 - Indian Army Day: Field Marshal Kodandera M Cariappa in 1949 took over as the 1st Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief. 
  • January 20 - American Holiday in commemoration of Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., which is observed on the third Monday of January so it varies each year. (original birthday January 15)
  • January 23 - Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose - birth - 23 January, 1897 in Cuttack, Orissa.
  •  January 26 - Indian Republic Day: 26 January 1950- date on which the Constitution of India came into effect.
  • National Voters Day - to mark the foundation day of Election Commission of India established on 25 January 1950. Year 2020 marks 10th National Voters Day and the theme of National Voters Day this year is ‘Electoral Literacy for a Stronger Democracy.’