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January 2024

Find activity ideas for occasions and events in January.

Find inspiration for occasions and events to plan into your programme in January. You can view the PDF version of our January calendar or find even more ideas on this page. 

Illustrated calendar for January 2024 in grid format
  • New Year's Day (Monday 1 January)
  • World Braille Day (Thursday 4 January)
  • Lohri (Saturday 13 January)
  • International Kite Day (Sunday 14 January)
  • Appreciate a Dragon Day (Tuesday 16 January)
  • Popcorn Day (Friday 19 January)
  • World Religion Day (Sunday 21 January)
  • Squirrel Appreciation Day (Sunday 21 January)
  • Burns Night (Thursday 25 January)
  • Big Garden Birdwatch (Friday 26 to Sunday 28 January)
  • Holocaust Memorial Day (Saturday 27 January)
  • International Reducing CO2 Emissions Day (Sunday 28 January)
  • Backwards Day (Wednesday 31 January)

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Activities to try:

New Year's Day (1 Jan)

The first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, celebrated in lots of places around the world. 

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World Braille Day (4 Jan)

Explore the tactile writing system that enables people who are blind or partially sighted to read and write. 

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Lohri (13 Jan)

Explore the popular winter Punjabi festival of Lohri, traditionally celebrated with bonfires, music and dancing. 

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International Kite Day (14 Jan)

International Kite Day originated in India. Every year thousands of kites head to the skies at the International Kite Festival in Gujarat. 

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Appreciate a Dragon Day (16 Jan)

Have some dragon related fun on Appreciate a Dragon Day.

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Popcorn Day (19 Jan)

A sweet (or salty) occasion to make a 'pop' in your programme, whether you make it outdoors or get cosy for a film night inside.

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World Religion Day (21 Jan)

World Religion Day is a great opportunity to explore different faiths and beliefs. 

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Squirrel Appreciation Day (21 Jan)

Celebrate both the animal and our newest section, Squirrels. Get your paws on a fun badge from Scout Store, too.

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Burns Night (25 Jan)

Celebrate Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, and explore Scottish culture on Burns Night.

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Big Garden Birdwatch (26 - 28 Jan)

Plan in some activities about our feathered friends and tie it in with the Big Garden Birdwatch

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Holocaust Memorial Day (27 Jan)

Observe this International Day of Remembrance. Find out more on our Holocaust Memorial Day Trust page

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International Reducing CO2 Emissions Day (28 Jan)

Learn about CO2, what it is, why it's bad and what we can do about it!

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Backwards Day (31 Jan)

Take something you'd normally do and give it a twist, by doing it in reverse order! 

You could try:

  • Learning your Scout Promise backwards
  • Wearing your uniform back to front
  • Starting the meeting with your closing ceremony