Australia Day, which is celebrated on 26 January, has evolved over time. At first, it was a celebration to commemorate the arrival of the First Fleet of British ships, at Port Jackson, New South Wales in 1788 and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Philip. Now, Australia Day is a celebration for everything we love about Australia: the beautiful land, its laid-back lifestyle, the sense of fair go, and especially, mateship.
In the 1800’s, early almanacs, calendars, and the Sydney Gazette marked 26 January as First Landing Day or Foundation Day. To celebrate the occasion, early settlers held anniversary dinners and celebratory drinking started to become customary, as well as sporting events such as horse-race and annual regattas at Sydney Harbour.
Nowadays, there are some ways that Australians do to celebrate it. We can get together in our yard and have relaxed barbecue party (but remember, not too much prawns, mates, we prefer T-bones and lambs! :D) or head out to local parks for a picnic there. Don’t forget to bring Aussie treats like Tim tam, pavlova, vegemite sandwich, lamingtons, meat pies and lots of cold drinks (oh, and sunscreen and umbrella!). Since it’s in the middle of summer and we have lots of lovely beaches, cooling down there is always a good option. While doing so, put on your Aussie memorabilia. Blue shorts, Aussie flag singlets, Southern Cross bucket hat thongs, thongs and sunnies are good. Remember it’s not a legit Australia Day without sports (we do love sports!), so bring your frisbee or watch cockroach race in the arvo. In the evening, watching fireworks display would be a perfect way to end the day. Whichever fun things you choose to do, hope your Straya Day would ‘come good’ for you, mate 🙂