For our Australia friends here in the US and our American friends in Australia – we hope today is a day filled with celebration.
Originally posted on LifExchange Campus:
Although Australia Day has come and gone, but the Aussie’s her in the USA have a few more hours to celebrate on January 26th.
Australia Day (previously known as Anniversary Day, Foundation Day)is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, the date commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 and the proclamation at that time of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of New Holland.
Australia Day has become a community day. There are still formal ceremonies throughout the country – flag raising, citizenship ceremonies and the presentation of important community awards such as Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year. Celebrations now include a strong festive aspect with special events encouraging the participation of the entire family and all members of a community. Australia Day Committees involve their ethnic and indigenous communities, service clubs, sporting and cultural organisations while local government has become increasingly supportive. Theatrical performances, music, sporting events, speech days, multicultural and indigenous performances are all a major part of Australia Day. It has been a great innovation that people and communities get together with government bodies to make it a specific celebration.” There is a greater awareness of the need to celebrate modern Australia – a land of diverse ethnic makeup, a country working towards reconciliation with its indigenous people and a nation gearing itself for the challenges of globalisation, the removal of previously safe assumptions regarding national identity, and the uncertainties of a new century. Australia Day is the centre of an evolving nation.