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Australia Day

January 26

The official national day of Australia, this day marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, and raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip.

The holiday has been variously named "Anniversary Day", "Invasion Day", "Foundation Day", and "ANA Day".
Not until 1935 did all the Australian states and territories use "Australia Day" to mark the date; and not until 1994 did they begin to celebrate Australia Day consistently as a public holiday.

Australia Day Poster
Australia Day Poster

Ceremonies and Celebrations

Australia Day is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia, unless it falls on a weekend in which case the following Monday is a public holiday instead.

Celebrations on this day include community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community.

he 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 by the Governor-General and Prime Minister. 


On Australia Day, people many people in  the nation fly the Australian National Flag, as well as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags.

The Australian National Flag was first flown in 1901 and currently flies over the federal and state parliaments. It is paraded by defence forces and displayed around the country at sporting events and by service organisations, schools, community groups and private citizens.

The Australian National Flag has three elements on a blue background: the Union Jack, the Commonwealth Star and the Southern Cross. The Union Jack in the upper left corner (or canton) acknowledges the history of British settlement. The white Commonwealth or Federation star has seven points representing the unity of the six states and the territories of the Commonwealth of Australia. The Southern Cross is shown on the fly of the flag in white. This constellation of five stars can be seen only from the southern hemisphere and is a reminder of Australia’s geography.


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