About Australia Day
Australia day is the national day of Australia. Historically, Australia Day marks the anniversary of when the first British people arrived in Australia in 1788. However, today, Australia Day is more of a celebration of Australian culture and the diversity of Australian society and community.
Unlike St.Patrick's Day, largely, Australia Day is celebrated in Australia. While there are some international countries with Australian communities that celebrate Australia Day, these celebrations tend to be smaller than those in Australia and Australia Day is very rarely celebrated by non-Australians.
Australia Day is a public holiday in the country and is celebrated everywhere in the country by most, although, some indigenous Australian's view Australia Day as a day of mourning as it marks the anniversary of when Australia was invaded by Europeans and taken from their ancestors. As a result, these Australians might refer to Australia Day as Invasion Day or Day of Mourning and not partake in the celebrations.
Those who do celebrate Australia Day usually celebrate with family and friends. There are multiple public events throughout the country, with firework displays, street parties, parades and other festivities. On the other hand, others like to throw private parties at their homes, with decorations, Australian BBQs and other Aussie-inspired food and drink.
When is Australia Day?
Australia Day is celebrated every year on 26th January. 26th January 1788 was the day that the first British ships reached Australia when they sailed to Port Jackson, New South Wales.
How can I find flights for Australia Day?
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