Celebrating Australia Day Like an Aussie!
Have you been itching for a visit down under? If so, now would be a good time to visit Australia to see how they show their Aussie pride. Many countries have a day that allows for celebration and recognition of their national achievement, and Australia is no different, their day to commemorate is January 26.
On this monumental day for Australians; there are ceremonies, community events, live entertainment and of course fireworks.
Along with the celebratory events of this holiday are moments of recognition. The National Australia Day Council names one individual the Australian of the Year in each of the following categories: Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero.
If you do decide to visit Australia during this time, you will have plenty of events to choose from to celebrate with the locals. The National Australia Day Council is a group of 13 individuals who work year-round for this special day. Any holiday that has a team dedicated to making sure it is spectacular is sure not to disappoint.
There are events throughout the country, below are a few that you won’t want to miss if you are in the area.
If you attend the Australia Day Festival in The Parklands, South Bank at 10 am you can start your day off with a multi-faith ceremony that will have representatives from the Hindu, Jewish, Sikh, Baha’i, Taoist, Christianity, Buddhist and Islamic communities. You can follow this by attending a traditional flag-raising ceremony. Throughout the rest of the day, you can expect a variety of entertainers from the Cook Islands Cultural Dance group, to the Ferny Grove State High School Percussion Ensemble to the Cleveland Air Magic. From 7pm-9:30 pm you can look forward to a firework show.
If you are more of an early bird, the Commonwealth Park in Canberra has performances starting at 7 am and lasting to noon. Events will include entertainment from Kiwi G, a meet and greet from Fireman Sam and a traditional flag raising and citizenship ceremony.
What better place to recognize Australia day than the Karoonda Football Clubroom for an Australian Day Breakfast January 25? Breakfast starts at 8 am and a presentation of awards follows.
If you are not visiting one of these locations, don’t worry, you will not miss out on the festivities. There are other events in towns everywhere in-between. You will have comedy debates, firework shows, races, and a plethora of breakfasts to choose from.