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 atPort Jackson, New South Wales, and raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip. 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 immigrants into the Australian community.
The meaning and significance of Australia Day has evolved over time. Unofficially, or historically, the date has also been variously named “Anniversary Day”, “Invasion Day”, “Foundation Day”, and “ANA Day”. 26 January 1788 marked the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (then known as New Holland). Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808, with the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales held in 1818. On New Years Day 1901, the British colonies of Australia formed a Federation, marking the birth of modern Australia. A national day of unity and celebration was looked for. It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories had adopted use of the term “Australia Day” to mark the date, and not until 1994 that the date was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories.
In contemporary Australia, the holiday is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve, announcement of the Australia Day Honours list and addresses from the Governor-General and Prime Minister. It is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia, unless it falls on a weekend in which case the following Monday becomes a public holiday instead. With community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies, the day is celebrated in large and small communities and cities around the nation. Australia Day has become the biggest annual civic event in Australia..
Today is Australia day, whether you like it or hate it or disagree with it, it happens every year. My thoughts are at the start it was an “invasion” but I think that we need to get over it and move onward and upwards and work together to make Australia an even more amazing country.. OK, I know I am going to get complaints about this subject but I am entitled to MY opinion.. no one has to agree with me.
This year due to the fact that “Star Son” turned 13 and had a combined birthday party with a friend from school, we were unable to go away for the long weekend. Oh well he turns 13 a teenager but once… we have however made it VERY clear that going forward any parties being planned must be held the week before or the week after this weekend!
His was the first party that we have had out of the our house. I am the “Queen of parties” give me a theme I’ll run with it.. I have never until this weekend had a party for the kids out of our house, Number one daughter had one for her 17th at her Dad’s house and that was a bit of a disaster.
So we celebrated “Australia Day” at home this year, The Bloke cooked Roast Lamb, and baked potatoes, pumpkin and broccoli, and then for desert he home-made a pavlova!