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January Food Holidays

National and international food holidays and observances for the month of January

Luck and superstition play heavily into many of the dishes popular in January but not many of those food traditions seem to be represented very well in the month’s food holidays (unless you count Fruitcake Toss Day). Lucky foods for the new year are basically anything yellow or green, but specifically pork and black-eyed peas (Hoppin’ John), lentils, peas, cabbage, cooked greens, noodles, fish (but not catfish), ring/circle-shaped cakes and grapes (usually twelve — one for each month).Eating cabbage or coin-like lentils might bring you good fortune according to true believers but many otherwise common foods are considered unlucky.

The backward foot scratching of chickens and turkeys are considered very bad luck and could be the cause of future remorse and regret so if you want to hedge your bets, you should probably skip Curried Chicken Day… You might also want to avoid crab, lobster and winged fowl (lest fortune fly away).

January Monthly Holidays

Apple and Apricots Month
Artichoke and Asparagus Month
Be Kind to Food Servers Month
Bread Machine Baking Month
California Restaurant Month
National Candy Month
National Egg Month

National Hot Tea Month
National Meat Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Soup Swap Month
National Wheat Bread Month
Prune Breakfast Month
Tubers and Dried Fruit Month

January Weekly Holidays

Diet Resolution Week (week 1)
Healthy Weight Week (week 3)
National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week (week 3)
National Irish Coffee Week (week 4)

National Lose Weight/Feel Great Week (week 1)
National Meat Week Week (week 4)
National Pizza Week (week 2)
Sugar Awareness Week (week 3)

January Daily Holidays

  • 1/1 (Tue) Apple Gifting Day
  • 1/1 (Tue) New Year’s Day
  • 1/1 (Tue) National Bloody Mary Day
  • 1/2 (Wed) National Cream Puff Day
  • 1/2 (Wed) National Buffet Day
  • 1/3 (Thu) Fruitcake Toss Day
  • 1/3 (Thu) National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
  • 1/3 (Thu) National Drinking Straw Day
  • 1/4 (Fri) National Whipped Cream Day
  • 1/4 (Fri) National Spaghetti Day
  • 1/6 (Sun) National Bean Day
  • 1/6 (Sun) National Shortbread Day
  • 1/7 (Mon) National Tempura Day
  • 1/8 (Tue) National English Toffee Day
  • 1/9 (Wed) National Apricot Day
  • 1/10 (Thu) Bittersweet Chocolate Day
  • 1/11 (Fri) Milk Day
  • 1/11 (Fri) Hot Toddy Day
  • 1/12 (Sat) National Marzipan Day
  • 1/12 (Sat) Curried Chicken Day
  • 1/13 (Sun) National Peach Melba Day
  • 1/14 (Mon) National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
  • 1/15 (Tue) Strawberry Ice Cream Day
  • 1/16 (Wed) International Hot and Spicy Food Day
  • 1/17 (Thu) Hot-Buttered Rum Day
  • 1/18 (Fri) Peking Duck Day
  • 1/19 (Sat) National Popcorn Day
  • 1/20 (Sun) National Cheese Lover’s Day
  • 1/20 (Sun) National Granola Bar Day
  • 1/20 (Sun) National Buttercrunch Day
  • 1/21 (Mon) New England Clam Chowder Day
  • 1/21 (Mon) Rid the World of Fad Diets & Gimmicks Day
  • 1/22 (Tue) National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 1/23 (Wed) National Pie Day
  • 1/23 (Wed) Rhubarb Pie Day
  • 1/24 (Thu) National Peanut Butter Day
  • 1/24 (Thu) Beer Can Appreciation Day
  • 1/25 (Fri) National Irish Coffee Day
  • 1/26 (Sat) National Pistachio Day
  • 1/26 (Sat) National Peanut Brittle Day
  • 1/27 (Sun) Chocolate Cake Day
  • 1/28 (Mon) National Blueberry Pancake Day
  • 1/29 (Tue) National Corn Chip Day
  • 1/30 (Wed) National Croissant Day
  • 1/31 (Thu) Brandy Alexander Day

Need some more food ideas for January? Explore some more popular winter dishes and seasonal food.

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