Though 26 January marks this specific event, today Australia Day celebrations reflect contemporary Australia: the diverse society and landscape and many remarkable achievements. It also is an opportunity to reflect on Australia’s national history.
On Australia Day, over half of the nation’s population of 21 million attend either an organised community event, or get together with family and friends with the intention of celebrating this national day. Many more spend the public holiday relaxing with family and friends.
Australia Day is much more than barbeques and fireworks. It is more than another public holiday. It is more than the pride and excitement of new citizens who call themselves Australian for the first time on 26 January after being conferred citizenship.
At its core, Australia Day is a day driven by communities, and the celebrations held in each town, suburb or city ‚and unified by the celebration of what is great about Australia and being Australian.