For the Love of OZ!

What Australia Day is really about.

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There’s nothing more patriotic than getting together with friends, having a few beers and immersing ourselves in the culture of our beautiful nation.

But what is Australia Day really about?

Well I can tell you, there’s more to the day then Australian flag bikinis and tattoos.

Let’s start with the basics.

Australia Day is the official National Day of Australia. It’s the one day of the year where patriotism is at it’s most and Australians join forces to let the world know just how proud we are of our beautiful nation.

Celebrated at the end of January on the 26 th , the day is usually a pearler with the sun shining bright in true Aussie summer fashion, giving us the chance to head down to the beach and enjoy the public holiday.

But did you know that Australia Day was not always celebrated on the same day?

It only became a tradition in 1994 when that name was used to mark the date in all sates nation wide.

In the past, the date had also been known as ‘Foundation Day’ and ‘Anniversary Day’, it’s name evolving with time as well as the days meaning.

Historically, the day is celebrated as it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships in New South Wales, and the raising of the British Flag at Sydney Cove.

Today, as well as celebrating our nation’s history, festivities are held to reflect and appreciate Australia’s diverse society and landscape as well as our achievements and what our bright future holds.

The holiday begins with the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards, which are held on Australia Day Eve. Then, on the day itself many people experience pride and excitement from being able to call themselves an Australian citizen for the first time after being conferred citizenship.

While the day is filled with history and culture and is a time to reflect on our beautiful nation it doesn’t stop us from doing what we do best, getting together and hanging out.

Each year over 24 million people use the day to get together with family and friends or attend organised community events with the intention of celebrating the national day. People from all walks of life and all ages join in with the opportunity to rejoice our national identity.

So, if you’re in the mood to show off a little patriotism this Australia Day, here are some of the events in Melbourne this year that you can join in with and share the love!

Australia Day at Government House – Government House, Melbourne

One of Australia’s most cultural and historical assets is open to the public with live music and activities as part of Australia Day celebrations.

Official Flag Raising Ceremony – Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne

Every year the Flag Raising Ceremony marks the official beginning of Victoria’s Australia Day celebrations. Following the ceremony, attendees will be invited to participate in the Australia Day Affirmation beginning with the singing of the national anthem.

Australia Day Parade – Swanston Street Melbourne, Melbourne

A vibrant and colourful progression that work its way through the city streets with participants from over 90 community and cultural groups in a proud display and celebration of our culturally diverse community.

Australia Day at Docklands – Harbour Esplanade Docklands, Docklands

In the evening Harbour Esplanade comes alive with colour and culture as artists, entertainment and a Food Truck Festival come together to celebrate our multicultural nation.

It concludes with a spectacular fireworks display ignited from the top of Etihad Stadium to the soundtrack of all- Australian favourites.