Australia Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia Day

 

 

Day in Australia

Like any other country, there’s one special day in a year that the Australian people celebrates as one nation.

Known by several names, Australia Day, ANA Day, Anniversary Day, and Foundation Day, this one special day is celebrated every 26th of January.
 

 

Australia Day venerates the famous First Fleet’s arrival and settlement in what is now known as Sydney Cove in 1788. During which, the British flag was hoisted and British sovereignty was proclaimed.
Celebrations of Australia Day include parades, concerts, music festivals, various races and the international cricket match. Awards are also given on this day for outstanding members and groups of the Australian community.

 

These awards include the Order of Australia, Australian of the Year (Young and Senior Australian), and the Australia’s Local Hero awards.
Despite the fun that these festivities bring to all people, it has also battled controversies over the years.

 

Since this special day commemorates the settlement of the British people and their first settlement in the land of the Australian Aborigines,

 

Australia Day had met a lot of criticisms, especially from Indigenous Australians.

 

The Indigenous people see this celebration as an insult to the native Aboriginal culture that was little by little lost from the time of British colonization.


In the late 1930’s, several protests against this celebration were held. Some protesters even went as far as calling Australian Day as Invasion Day.

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Less aggressive critics alternatively called it Survival Day, to at least underscore the survival of the indigenous people and their culture despite the colonization.

In 1938, an Aboriginal Day of Mourning was included in the celebrations; and an Invasion Day commemoration in 1988, highlighting the loss of Indigenous culture.
 

Proposals to change the date of celebration of Australia Day have also been made by several groups. Suggested dates include the following: January 1, for the Federation of Australia, which was later known as Commonwealth Day;

 

 April 25, Anzac Day; May 9, Opening of the First Federal Parliament; May 27, the 1967 Referendum Anniversary; July 9, Constitution Day; September 1, Wattle Day or the first day of Spring; December 3, Eureka Stockade;


However, the critics failed to arouse an adequate amount of sympathy and did not gain considerable support from the general public.

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So unto this day, Australia Day is continued to be celebrated every 26th of January and is officially declared a public holiday in all Australian states and territories.
 

 

 

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