What Is Australia Day?
Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove.
Our national day provides an opportunity to acknowledge and learn about our nation’s past. It’s a time to reflect on and learn about our national journey including the ongoing history, traditions and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Not all Australians are happy to celebrate this day, some consider it a day of mourning, and others use the day to mark the survival of their ongoing traditions and cultures.
Since it falls on a Saturday in 2019, the public holiday becomes Monday 28 January.
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