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January 2015 Holidays

There are two federal and business holidays observed in the United States during the month of January: New Year's Day (1st) and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (19th). Don’t expect mail delivery though. Like all U.S. federal holidays these dates are also postal holidays.

The designation of January 1st to begin a new calendar year is steeped in years of world history. The current and most widely used calendar, seen in many countries around the world, is the Gregorian calendar. While many religious and cultural calendars designate other dates as the New Year, the endurance and broad use of the Gregorian calendar as an accepted global standard aids in synchronizing the increasingly interconnected world in which we live. The celebration of the New Year on January 1st is often punctuated in grand style with various traditions including fireworks, eating of grapes, wearing polka dots, colorful undergarments, or even a kiss at midnight.

The second holiday observed in January was signed into law on November 2, 1983, when President Ronald Reagan designated the third Monday in January as a federal holiday to remember the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. King was born on January 15, 1929, and became a leading voice for non-violent demonstrations and protest in support of civil rights reform in the United States during the 1950’s and until his death in 1968. A national day of observance is arguably the highest honor this country can bestow upon an individual and one granted to only two other notable historical figures, George Washington and Christopher Columbus.