Australian Independence Day
Australia day celebrations
Independence Days in countries all around the world signify a special event in history of those countries. This event can be freedom from foreign rule, unification of several separate states, initiation of a movement or birthday of an important political figure. Australia’s national day, or Australia Day is celebrated on 26th of January every year. In 1788, British arrived in Australia at the Port Jackson in New South Wales. Governor Arthur Phillip raised the national flag of Great Britain on the port. In fact, it was the first fleet of ships of British that had arrived in Australia. The independence day of Australia marks the arrival of this first British fleet.
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In modern day Australia, diversity is a very important feature. The Independence Day celebrations also reflect this diversity. The diversity can be seen both in the society and landscape of the region. Community events as arranged on this day. Families take part in these events with enthusiasm. Moreover, people gather and reflect on the history of Australia. There are Awards by the government which are given to those community members who are outstanding in their efforts for the betterment of community. Another special feature of Australia’s Independence Day is that citizenship ceremonies are held and new immigrants are welcomed to the community of Australia.
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Australia day has had several names and labels during the course of history. It has been called “Anniversary day” and “Foundation day”. Another name that can be seen prevailing in the history is “invasion day”. The eastern seaboard of Australia (then known as new Holland) saw the establishment of British rule on 26th January 1788. Its official name i.e. Australia Day was not given to it until a hundred years later, it was started to be celebrated in the region as early as 1808. The first celebration which was marked in history was in 1818 in New South Wales. In 1901, on New Year’s Day, Modern Australia was born when British colonies in Australia decided to join on a single platform. Thus, they made a federation and modern Australia came into being. After that, a need of a national day arose, so that unity could be celebrated.
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Around 1935, Australian territories started using the term “Australia Day”. It gained the status of a Public holiday all around the country in 1994. The celebrations in Australia include an award of “Australian of the Year”. This award is given on the evening of Australia Day. A list of Australia Day Honors is also announced on the same evening. The Prime Minister and Governor General of Australia deliver speeches. If Australia day falls on a weekend, the subsequent Monday is given a holiday in the whole country. All large and small communities celebrate this day in states and territories of Australia. Concerts are arranged to entertain the masses. Carnivals and Festivals are arranged which can be attended by the whole families. The citizenship ceremonies are also an important part of the day and enjoyed by the masses. The holiday is now gaining the status of the biggest annual event in Australia. Overseas Australians also celebrate this day in their respective locations.