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Feeling the post-holiday blues? Here are 18 weird, tasty reasons to celebrate in January (18 items)

By Deseret News

Jan. 7, 2014

The date — and even the existence — of "Blue Monday," or the most depressing day of the year, has been disputed by news reports for years. However, the dreary grayness of the post-holiday season is real. Luckily, there's help at hand!

Here's a look at some random, interesting and downright tasty holidays spread throughout the entire month of January.

Happy celebrating!

1 of 18. Jan. 8 - Bubble Bath Day

According to punchbowl.com, today is Bubble Bath Day. If you're still wound up from the stress of the holidays, celebrating Bubble Bath Day might be just the thing to help you relax.

2 of 18. Jan. 10 - Bittersweet Chocolate Day

Bittersweet chocolate does not contain any milk solids and is required by the Food and Drug Administration to contain at least 35 percent chocolate liquor, which is a non-alcoholic liquid made from cocoa beans. On January 10, feel free to indulge in some bittersweet chocolate, and in the process, you may just be doing your heart some good as well.

3 of 18. Jan. 13 - National Rubber Ducky Day (+bonus)

January 13 is National Rubber Ducky Day, which makes it the perfect day to pull out your beloved rubber ducky and sing it a happy song, a la Ernie from "Sesame Street."

Did you know that in 1992, 29,000 plastic ducks, turtles and frogs were knocked off the deck of a container ship? The friendly plastic creatures have been traveling the world ever since, washing up in Japan, Alaska, Hawaii, Maine and Scotland, CNN reported, with the most recent discovery occurring in August 2013.

Bonus celebration: January 13th is also "Make Your Dream Come True Day," according to holidayinsights.com.

4 of 18. Jan. 14 - National Dress Up Your Pet Day

If you have the winter blues, brighten your mood with National Dress Up Your Pet Day!

National Dress Up Your Pet Day was founded in 2009 as a way to celebrate pets and "support the pet fashion community," according to the website dressupyourpetday.com.

However, it's not a day to "disrespect our pets with vulgar and/or seasonally inappropriate costumes for the sake of a laugh or photo shoot," creator Colleen Paige said.

5 of 18. Jan. 16 - International Hot & Spicy Food Day

Add a little flavor to your life by celebrating International Hot & Spicy Food Day on January 16.

According to an August 22, 2013, history.com article, clear evidence of humans using spices to flavor food date back to the Neolithic period. Older samples of spices have been found, the article said, but scientists have had a hard time determining whether the spices were used for cooking, medicinal or decorative purposes.
1. GrannySandy
Saratoga Springs, UT,
Jan. 8, 2014

What a fun thing to celebrate all month. It would have been WONDERFUL if it had been a calendar I could print. THanks anyway.

2. USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT,
Jan. 8, 2014

Are you kidding? Everybody I've talked to is relieved the Holidays are OVER!