Celebrate Australia Day

Celebrate Australia Day

 

Australia Day is almost upon us! Soon the streets of Melbourne and our other incredible cities will be awash with people draped in Aussie flags and faces painted in red, white and blue.

But…if you’ve only just migrated to Australia then you may be wondering just why January 26th is such a MASSIVE day.

So, what’s it all about?!

Australia Day in fact marks the anniversary of the first convict ships arriving on these shores from Britain. However, for many people it’s not really a celebration of this, but a celebration of Australian culture and achievements. It’s a day of national pride and reflection.

Citizenship Ceremonies

A major part of Australia Day are the citizenship ceremonies that take place right across the country. The first one of these was held in 1949 and since then over 4 million people have been officially welcomed as Australian citizens.

For those who migrate to Australia, leave old lives behind and settle here, these ceremonies can be both uplifting and emotional.

Most people taking part in citizenship ceremonies are required to make a Citizenship Pledge, demonstrating their commitment to the Australian way of life.

You are asked to choose between the two following pledges:

Pledge 1

From this time forward, under God,
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and
whose laws I will uphold and obey.

Pledge 2

From this time forward
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and
whose laws I will uphold and obey.

Events

You’ll find literally thousands of events taking place across the country on this special day, including plenty of spectacular fireworks displays.

This year, the country’s biggest fireworks display will take place in Perth, with the 30th City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks kicking off at 8pm. Around 40,000 people are expected to attend.

When it comes to fireworks, Australians don’t do things by halves! The dazzling display in Perth will go on for a staggering 30 minutes and include lasers and water jets that are choreographed to music.

The official Australia Day website also contains an A-Z guide of event ideas for families and friends who want to get together and celebrate.

Event ideas include:

• Bush tucker tasting
• Pie eating competitions
• Lamington making
• Lamington throwing
• Mouse racing
• Sausage sizzles
• Wheelie bin races
• Sampling multicultural food
• Old time dancing
• Oz quiz night
• Poetry readings
• Tuf-of-war
• Yabby catching competition

Wherever you are you’re sure to have a great day and if it’s your first Australia Day then we hope you have an extra special one!