Special Dates in January

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18th January – Winne-the-Pooh Day

Celebrated on the birthday of AA Milne who wrote the wonderful Winnie-the-Pooh stories. The day is marked with picnics, stories and plenty of honey.

Find out more: en.wikipedia.org

19th January – Martin Luther King Day

A day marking the life of the celebrated civil rights campaigner, Dr Martin Luther King. His speech, 'I have a dream', described his vision of racial equality and inspired millions of Americans.

Find out more: en.wikipedia.org

23rd January – National Handwriting Day

Help to save the disappearing art of handwriting by putting pen to paper on this day. Handwriting is unique to each person and elegant (or legible) handwriting takes practice!

Find out more: www.aahahandwriting.com

24th January – Global Belly Laugh Day

Celebrating the great gift of laughter! 1:24 p.m. (local time) smile, throw your arms in the air and laugh out loud.

Find out more: www.bellylaughday.com

25th January – Burns Night

This is a celebration of the life and poetry of the Scottish poet Robert Burns. A piper generally greets the arriving guests, and plays again when the haggis is brought in to supper. Then someone recites Burns's poem 'Address to a Haggis': "Fair fa' [fat] your honest, sonsie [jolly] face,Great chieftain o' the puddin-race!"

Find out more: www.robertburns.org

26th January – Australia Day

The official national day of Australia, commemorating the day in 1788 when the First Fleet of British Ships arrived at Port Jackson in New South Wales. It is normally celebrated by the presentation of Australian of the Year Awards, as well as other ceremonies and parties. It is an official public holiday.

Find out more: www.australiaday.org.au

30th January to 6th February – National Storytelling Week

The 16th annual Storytelling week, with events all over the country, and celebrated by all ages. All you need is a story…

Find out more: www.sfs.org.uk