Where will you be this Australia Day?
Australia Day is the official National Day of Australia.
Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip.
The tradition of having Australia Day as a national holiday is a recent one. Not until 1935 did all the Australian states and territories use that name to mark that date and additionally, not until 1994 did they begin to celebrate Australia Day consistently as a public holiday on that date.
In present-day Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new members of the Australian community.
No matter where you are or how you choose to spend the day, you can share your celebration using #AustraliaDay and become part of history at The National Museum of Australia through the campaign at www.your.australiaday.org.au
Different places in Australia celebrate the day differently.
For example, Sydney has boat races including a ferry race and the tall ships race, while Adelaide celebrates with a parade, concert, fireworks, and a cricket match.
If you are in Adelaide, you may wish to enjoy the twilight event being held in Elder Park or the Semaphore Summer carnival. On top of the usual Semaphore attractions the Semaphore amusement park is full of fun things to do, with the seasonal arrival of carnival rides, sideshows and the circus! A night at the beach for Australia Day sounds perfect!
If you are in Darwin, you may enjoy Oz Fusion, a free family oriented event showcasing and celebrating Darwin’s cultural diversity through an exciting and engaging program of cultural performances, bands and multicultural food. Or alternatively, you may join the Australia Day Fun Run, a community event held in the morning on Australia Day, encouraging everyone to celebrate our National Day by participating in a 2.5 or 5 km run/walk. The event inspires the community to celebrate what's great about our country, its people and culture by dressing up and displaying a sense of pride.
Or, you may wish to join a new breed of caring Aussies looking out for the little guys and enjoying delicious plant-based meals this summer... instead of lamb! They are taking the pledge to be kind to lambs!
No matter your choice of activity, we hope you enjoy your day in whichever way, and Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and free. We've golden soil and wealth for toil, our home is girt by sea. Our land abounds in nature's gifts, beneath our radiant Southern Cross.
AUSTRALIA DAY POEM By Mick Colliss
I love this land Australia in, oh, so many ways
The pristine beaches, clear blue sky and endless sunny days
But most of all I love the people that she calls her own
The lucky ones so fortunate to call Australia home
I love the way we’re all embraced no matter where we’re from.
(link to full poem www.6pr.com.au/radio/australia-day-poem-20130125-2db9o )