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AWARENESS DAY CALENDAR - January 2023

Welcome to January's awareness day calendar! If you want to view the full calendar, and digest/plan content at your leisure - please click the button and download now!
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Dry Jan

Dry January is a tradition for many where no alcohol is consumed for 31 days. For some it may be a way of detoxing after the holiday period, whilst others hope to achieve less drinking generally by resetting at the start of the year.

Jan 1-31
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Veganuary

Like Dry January, Veganuary is a whole month of abstaining from meat/meat produce. Bred initially from animal rights, people now give Veganuary a whirl for health reasons, to reduce their carbon footprint or simply to start the year with a challenge!

Jan 1-31
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Sikh: Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday

Becoming a Guru at 9, Guru Gobind Singh Ji was a spiritual and military leader. He scripted the Guru Granth Sahib, Sikhism's Holy Scripture. He fought injustice and drove the rise against the oppression of the Mughal ruler in India at the time.

Jan 5
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Christian: Epiphany

Epiphany, also known as Three Kings' Day, is a notable date in the Christmas story. It details how a star led the magi (wise men) to Jesus. It's celebrated 12 days after Christmas, as this is the time taken to travel to Bethlehem after the birth.

Jan 6
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Hindu: Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti, also known as Maghi or Makara Sankranti is dedicated to the Hindu sun god, Surya. It celebrates the sun's journey to the northern hemisphere. The festival marks the first day of the sun transiting into Capricorn, known as Makara in Hindi.

Jan 14
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Brew Monday

The 3rd Monday in January is often referred to as 'Blue Monday' for being a difficult day… but this is a myth! Brew Monday was introduced to replace the mythical 'Blue Monday' and remind us to reach out to others and make time for a cuppa and a catch-up!

Jan 16
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International Mentoring Day

International Mentoring Day recognises and celebrates the benefits of mentoring globally. The aim is to encourage more people to get involved. Typically mentoring refers to an expert advising or supporting someone less experienced. Give it a go!

Jan 17
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Chinese New Year (Year of The Rabbit)

Chinese New Year, also called Lunar New Year, marks the beginning of a new year on the solar Chinese calendar. Children are traditionally given money in red envelopes whilst celebrations of feasting and visiting family last 16 days.

Jan 22
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Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day is dated on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The day honours the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism. It includes efforts to combat hatred and antisemitism.

Jan 27
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National Storytelling Week

Celebrated by children and adults alike, National Storytelling Week encourages people of all ages to share stories. Talk about your favourite book, film or myth - even make up a story. It's been found to help children's wellbeing and mental health!

Jan 28-5