Yes, that’s right, these Australians get another bloody holiday.
Last week I was FaceTiming my mom, chatting away about plans for Australia Day weekend when she stopped me… “What is Australia Day?” she asked.
I have never actually experienced an Australia Day before, just seen photos of Ben and his mates the previous years. I knew the photos I was thinking about was not what she wanted to hear, so to answer her question I did a little research.
Held on January 26th, Australia Day is a holiday to commemorate the arrival of the first of the fleets of convicts, and the first governor to arrive at Sydney Cove in 1788. It is a day in which all Australians come together and celebrate everything that is Australia and being Australian. Most Australians that is… the indigenous Australians, you know the ones who were here before 1788 consider Australia Day “Invasion Day” or the day the British came in and commandeered their home.
As we have finalized our plans for this weekend I have gotten a much better idea of what actually happens on Australia Day.
A small fact about patriotism. Americans are much more patriotic than Australians. Ben first noticed this when he came to America and saw the American flag everywhere we went, and in everyone’s front yard. I am constantly stating that America is the greatest country in the world, whereas Ben doesn’t outright express the same for Australia. Why? It’s a part of the culture. However, the two weeks leading up to Australia Day is when Australian pride is in full swing.
Check out some Aussie and American cultural differences, including patriotism, here.
Ok, getting back into it…
Vegemite Pizza (btw, this sounds disgusting)
And more Beer
… I have never seen a Fosters down here. Fosters, it’s not Australian for beer.
So how do we plan on celebrating this great nation? By driving all over it! We are headed to the farm on Friday for an engagement party; and bright and early Sunday driving the six hours down to Sydney to celebrate the holiday with our friends… with lots of beer of course.
How will you celebrate Australia Day?
Does Australia Day remind you of any holidays you typically celebrate?