Australia Day 2017

What it means for Australians

Every year, Australia Day is celebrated by millions of Australians on the 26th of January. This special day has lots of meaning to Aussies and it’s a day when we come together as a nation and celebrate what’s awesome about Australia and being Australian. It’s more than just a public holiday, fireworks and barbeques – it allows us to express our pride in being Australian.

The date of Australia Day was chosen as the anniversary of the First Fleet’s arrival at Sydney Cove in 1788. Despite this significant event, Australia Day celebrations have expanded to include much deeper meaning for Australians. For the Indigenous people of Australia, Australia Day marks the survival of their culture through all the years since European settlement. Each Australian will hold varying perspectives of Australia Day. However, looking back on how far Australia has come and shaped itself into a diverse society and made significant achievements, it is evident that Australia Day celebrates not just the past, but also the present and the future.

Sydney on Australia Day events

Australia Day Celebrations

On Australia Day, expect to see organized Australia Day events such as outdoor concerts, barbeques, sports competitions, festivals such as the Big Day Out, Triple J Hottest 100, the Australia Day Live Concert and fireworks. Lots of different communities often hold their own local celebrations for example you can see that there is a variety of Australia Day events such as the Australia Day in Newcastle. A sense of community is what fuels Australia Day. A very Australian thing to do on Australia Day is heading down to beaches such as Bondi and Cronulla for some fun in the sun.

There’s so much to do on the day. You can attend the Wugulora Indigenous Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo Reserve in NSW and celebrate the world’s oldest culture with dance and song! Come down to Darling Harbour in Sydney this year for fireworks at the Australia Day Spectacular and the Children’s Festival at Tumbalong Park which are both family-friendly events. There’s also the Australia Day 2017 concert that will be held at the Sydney Opera House on the night, with various celebrities lined up such as Guy Sebastian, Dami Im, and the Wiggles!

Australian day events- barbie

Not keen on heading out to the city or going anywhere? Get together with family & friends for a barbeque that includes snags, sangers, beef, pork, lamb and shrimp on the barbie. It’s a great time to relax and celebrate the national day of Australia. Have I mentioned barbeques yet? Aussies love the barbie. It’s also that time of the year when the MLA releases their annual Australia Day lamb ad, with this year’s one being extremely humorous but sending a strong multicultural message.

Australian of the Year Award

On the evening of Australia Day, the honorable title of Australian of the Year is announced. The winner of that award needs to have shown a “significant contribution to the Australian community and nation” and to be an “inspirational role model for the Australian community. It’s a great way to recognize achievements and contribution of Australians, inspiring more to challenge themselves to contribute to the positive growth of Australia.

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*/A guest post by Olivia Bourke. /*

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