the meaning of australia day

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The Meaning of Australia Day

What is Australia Day?

Australia Day is on January 26 annually and commemrates the establishment of the first European settlement at Port Jackson,which is now part of Sydney,in 1788.It is an opportunnity for Australians to come together to celebrate their country and culture.There are refletions on the achievments of the nation and explorations of way to make the country even better in the future.And an interesting fact that is that most Australians celebrate Australia Day as the day it was founded.In contrast,Aboriginal people mourn their history and call it 'Invasion Day'.

What do we do on Australia Day?

Many people have public holidays,in some places particularly Lake Burley Griffin.They launch spectacular public fireworks displays are held.And even The Australian Of The Year Awards are presented,to those people who have made amazing contribution to their community or country.In some cities,citizenship ceremonies are held to welcome immigrants to the country who have been granted Ausralian citizenship.

What Are The Main Symbols Of Australia Day?

The main symbols of Australia Day are the symbols of Australia.These include the Australian national flag,with its representations of the Union Jack, the Commonwealth Star and the five stars of the Southern Cross,and the national anthem

"Advance Australia Fair".Some of the other symbols include The Golden Wattle,which is the national floral emblem,The Opal which is the national Gemstone and the national colours of green and gold.

The Background Of Australia Day.

On Januuary 26,1788,the First Fleet of 11 ships from Great Britain arrived at Port Jackson,which now forms Sydney Harbour. The First Fleet was led by Captain Arthur Phillip. He established the Colony of New South Wales,the first penal colony in Australia. By 1808,January 26 was being celebrated as 'First Landing Day' or...