Heading to Australia this month, no doubt you will be able to enjoy one of the country’s best national days: Australia day – 26th January.
A day of national importance which marks the arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales on that date in 1788, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain by Captain Arthur Phillip.
Captain Arthur Phillip became the first Governor of the colony of New South Wales and the fledging colony soon began to celebrate the anniversary of this date.
During the early nineteenth century the anniversary was called ‘Foundation Day‘ and was marked by sporting events. In the 1820s, Horseracing was popular but by the 1830s regattas had became popular.
Fifty years after Phillip landed, Australia’s first public holiday was announced to celebrate Foundation Day 1838. The inaugural holiday became an annual event and has continued to be held on or around January 26.
In 1946, the Commonwealth Government, States and Territories agreed that there should be one national day ‘Australia Day‘ under one banner and on the same day.
However, the Australia Day public holiday was still held on the Monday closest to January 26th.
It was not until 1994 that all the states and territories endorsed the celebration of Australia Day on the actual day, instead of the nearest Monday. United Australia Day celebrations have been held on 26 January ever since.
The Australia Day celebrations have continued to grow in number and stature since with the celebrations involving an ever increasing audience.
Of course the Australian are renown for making sure every day is a fun day, so not shy to enjoy the day across the country, you will be amazed at the crazy, bizarre and energetic ways Australians celebrate this national day.
Visit http://www.australiaday.org.au/ to discover all the amazing events unfolding on the 26th January.
Another reason to get yourself Down Under.