Third Judicial Circuit Court
The Third Circuit Court Diversity and Inclusion Team’s Mission: "We appreciate our common connection and respect our diverse and unique human experiences. We move forward as an inclusive organization as we provide accessible and equal justice."

The Court’s Diversity & Inclusion Team strives to ensure the values of its diverse bench, staff, and court users are acknowledged and reflected in our delivery of service as well as our work environment.

In that spirit, the team creates and shares a monthly list of various holidays and observations along with some celebration suggestions. We invite our work community and the community at large to contribute.
January 2022

Omisoka and New Year’s Day – January 1
Nat’l Spaghetti Day – January 4
Nat’l Bird Day – January 5
Epiphany Day – January 6
Orthodox Christmas Day – January 7
Law Enfor. Appreciation Day – January 9
Human Trafficking Awareness Day – January 11
Martin Luther King Day – January 17
Kiss a Ginger Day – January 12
Orthodox New Year – January 14
Religious Freedom Day – January 16
National Popcorn Day – January 19
National Pie Day – January 23
International Day of Education – January 24
National Spouses Day – January 26
Int’l Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27
National Hot Chocolate Day – January 31

New Year's Day is celebrated January 1st by various cultures throughout the world. In Japan, the observation starts New Year’s Eve. In Japan, New Year’s Eve is called “Omisoka” and is celebrated with family feasts and a bell ringing ceremony by the Jodo Buddhist sect.  
National Blood Donor Month

January 1 – National Blood Donor Month, which has taken place each January since 1970, is such an important observance. Donating blood saves many lives and improves the health for many people.
Cervical Health Awareness Month – The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. More than 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer each year, but the disease is preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening.

During January, NCCC and its many local chapters across the country highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease, and the importance of early detection. While NCCC chapters host events throughout the year, January is a month with a special focus as chapters celebrate Cervical Health Awareness Month and work to spread the word in their communities.
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

On December 31, 2012, Barack Obama declared January the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In his proclamation, President Obama explains that “trafficking networks operate both domestically and trans-nationally, and although abuses disproportionately affect women and girls, the victims of this ongoing global tragedy are men, women, and children of all ages. Around the world, we are monitoring the progress of governments in combating trafficking while supporting programs aimed at its eradication.” On December 29, 2017, President Donald Trump proclaimed January 2018 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
January Fun Facts:

  • The flower symbol of January is snowdrop & carnation.
  • January's gem is garnet which represents constancy.
  • The zodiac signs for January is Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) and Aquarius (January 20 – February 18).
  • The Common Sense by Thomas Paine was published on January 10, 1776.