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It doesn’t matter where you’ve come from, we can all be proud to celebrate Australia Day on January 26th.

For expats who have only recently moved Down Under, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Well, as a leading migration agent in Melbourne, True Blue is certainly in a strong position to give you a flavour of what to expect.

The history

While some say this particular celebration can be traced as far back as 1788, the term ‘Australia Day’ was only universally agreed upon in 1935 and it wasn’t officially recognised as an annual public holiday until 1994, so it’s a relatively new thing. We live in such a wonderful country and the weather is always beautiful in January, so why not have a day of celebration?

Where to go?

First and foremost, you’ll get a nice lie in! Since it was agreed as a public holiday, most Aussies and expats will not have to report for work on Monday.

There are no shortage of special events taking place across the country on Australia Day, including a special ‘Salute to Australia’ in Sydney, where attendees will be encouraged to sing the national anthem alongside the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force at midday. Additionally, the people of Western Australia will attempt to break a world record for the number of flags being waved at the same time. This will take place at City of Perth Skyworks, where 60,000 flags will be handed out.

Meanwhile, in Melbourne there will be a Government House Open Day, an official flag raising ceremony and an Australia Day Parade. The Docklands are always the place to be on Australia Day and this year will be no different, as plenty of entertainment has been lined up.

Sporting events

Call it a tired old stereotype if you will, but it’s no secret that Aussies are extremely passionate about sport.

As such, it’s only fitting that so many top-quality sporting events are scheduled to take place on Australia Day. The fourth round of the Australian Open will take place on January 26th, with the world’s elite tennis players battling it out in Melbourne in their quest to win the first international major of 2015.

For cricket fans, there’s a one-day international match between Australia and India to look forward to at the SCG in Sydney. Alternatively, Sydney’s Stadium Australia is due to stage the first semi-final of the Asian Cup on January 26th, a soccer tournament that has been taking place across the country throughout January.

There’s certainly no shortage of sporting action for Aussies and expats to sink their teeth into this Australia Day.

Getting into the spirit of things

If public gatherings and sporting events aren’t your thing, why not simply enjoy your day off in the comfort of your own home?

With such a great mix of cultures, people mark Australia Day in many different ways, and food and drink are an important part of the celebrations. To mark the occasion, Pizza Hut has launched a new stuffed-crust pizza, which combines the nation’s two favourite tastes – vegemite and cheese (these are Pizza Hut’s words, not ours).

If you’re making a real day of it, what could be more Australian than having your friends and family over for a barbecue and a few beers? The beauty of the barbecue is that it caters for all manner of gastronomic cultures. If a trusty burger and hot dog won’t suffice, why not introduce some traditional Asian flavours or add a selection of European meats such as chorizo?

Whatever your plans are, we hope you have a great time on Australia Day. If you want to learn more about life Down Under, why not speak to one of True Blue’s migration experts? You can contact us here.