Celebrate your way

| January 22, 2015
Australia Day

Whether you are having a picnic with your family, a barbeque with friends in the backyard or follow the Australian of the Year awards, Australia Day on the 26th of January is an occasion to come together as a nation and celebrate what’s great about Australia.

On Australia Day we celebrate the past, present and future of the country. It is a commemoration of the day that the First Fleet landed in Sydney Cove in 1788, as well as a celebration of all the achievements of our country.

The tradition of having Australia Day as a national holiday on 26 January is actually a pretty recent one. Not until 1935 did all Australian states and territories use that name to mark that date, and only in 1994 did they begin to celebrate Australia Day as a public holiday on that date.

Today, Australia Day has grown to be a community day which is embraced by most Australians. Apart from the formal ceremonies around the country such as flag raising, citizenship ceremonies and the presentation of community awards, there are a wider range of festivities that encourage the participation of all family and community members.