Australia Day (AU)

Australia Day (AU)

Australia Day, every January 26th, is a big occasion that brings people together to honour the diverse and vibrant culture of Australia. It commemorates the arrival of the British fleet in 1788, marking the beginning of European settlement. The day is packed with community events, from BBQs to ceremonies that recognise outstanding contributions to the nation. It’s a day for folks to reflect on what it means to be Aussie.


But the day holds a deeper, more complex significance for Indigenous Australians, who view it as “Invasion Day” or a “National Day of Mourning.” This perspective highlights the painful history and lasting impacts of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As such, Australia Day has become a time for acknowledging Australia’s full history, nudging discussions on how to honour its Indigenous heritage, alongside debates on changing the date to ensure the celebration is inclusive and respectful.


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Learn More: www.australiaday.org.au

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