What Is Australia Day?
Australia Day is the official National Day of Australia and is celebrated annually on January 26th. Its original purpose was to mark the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson in NSW (near Sydney) and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip.
These days it’s a time for all Australians to gather with friends and family and reflect on just what it means to be an Aussie. We are an enormously diverse country, known for our multiculturalism, keen sense of (sometimes twisted) humour, mateship that just can’t be imitated and passion for everything from sports to business to ragging on the Poms.
It is also a time to reflect and mourn about the acts that were committed to Australia’s original citizens, the Aboriginals. In the National Australia Day Council’s (NADC) words, “Reconciliation is one of leadership. We recognise that some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and some non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians may have mixed feelings about celebrating this day. January 26 has multiple meanings: it is Australia Day and it is also, for some, Survival Day or Invasion Day.” They continue on to say that they believe “that our national day should be authentic and mature where we can celebrate and mourn at the same time. We can honour all that is great about Australia and being Australian, remember the sufferings and our shortcomings and commit to build a more cohesive and inclusive nation. We do so with an underlying spirit of optimism.”
So in the spirit of Australia Day, we thought we’d give our friends overseas some pointers on how to celebrate Australia Day in true Aussie fashion.
Top 5 Things To Chuck On The Barbie:
- Lamb chops
- Meat pattie
- Sliced onions
Top 10 Australia Day Activities:
- Backyard/street cricket (bonus points if you use your wheelie bin as stumps)
- Watching Australia win the test cricket
- Going for a swim at the beach (or in your dam)
- Complaining about how hot it is
- Working out how to call in sick to work tomorrow
- Drawing rude things on your mates face who fell asleep on the couch
- Watch your local nighttime fireworks display
- Listen to JJJ’s Hottest 100
Top 5 Most Common Australia Day Phrases:
- “It’s bloody hot”
- “Bloody flies”
- “Want a beer?
- “Bloody Poms…”
- “Where’s the sauce?”