What Australians do on Australia Day

Australia Day: Information about the Australian National Day

The Australia Day is annually on 26.01. in memory of the arrival of the first British settlers in Port Jackson, which was later named Sydney Harbor. This special national holiday is a very special day for most Australians, as the inhabitants of the 5th continent are often very patriotic and do not let anything come over their country. But the popular Australia Day also has its downsides, which should not be left unmentioned.



On January 26, 1788, the First Fleet (first fleet) reached Sydney Bay after landing on January 18, 1788 in Botany Bay, which was found to be unsuitable for settlement. The fleet set sail from Portsmouth, England, on May 13, 1787. On board the 11 ships, under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip, were 550 crew members and 756 convicts. The aim of the trip was the establishment of British penal colonies in Australia. The first fleet was followed by other transports of prisoners. From 1793 the first free settlers arrived Down Under, who played a key role in the development of the country.


Nationwide celebrations & lots of alcohol

Nowadays the sometimes controversial national holiday is celebrated extensively across the country. On this occasion, various public events take place across Australia, such as the Order of Australia (medal awarded by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of special merit) and the Australian of the Year award. Furthermore, fireworks are part of the celebrations on Australia Day in many cities as well as lots of alcohol, Australian flags and "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi" slogans. The biggest celebrations take place in Perth. About a third of the residents will gather on the banks of the Swan River on the national holiday to enjoy Australia Day together. On the occasion of this holiday, there are also many events on the world-famous Sydney Harbor that delight the masses. A lot happens on and in the water. Thousands of swimmers cross Sydney Harbor and a regatta will also attract attention.

In the air, Australia Day participants will see a spectacular military air show. The police are very concerned about the problem of excessive alcohol consumption, which creates a number of problems every year. In the past there have been numerous arrests because of its consequences. For this reason, on Australia Day, the police are making extensive preparations for massive controls to ensure a peaceful celebration. While the majority of the population celebrates Australia Day with enthusiasm, there are also critics of the national holiday. For the indigenous people in particular, January 26th is not a happy event. The indigenous population therefore also calls it "Invasion Day" or "Survival Day".


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