A world of words
Every 26th January Australians celebrate Australia Day, the national holiday marking the moment of British colonisation in 1788. Although cities and towns sometimes organise large-scale picnics, Aussies prefer gatherings of friends and family around the barbeque, somewhere near a pool or the beach.
Since 1960, the Australian of the Year Awards have become one of the highlights of these celebrations, as thousands of people watch the ceremony in Canberra. Apart from drawing attention to this national identity day, the award program is considered a way of promoting active citizenship in its four categories: Australian of the Year, Young and Senior Australian and Australia’s Local Hero.
In contrast, Aboriginal people mourn their history and call it ‘Invasion Day’, because for them this day marked the start of their rights being taken away.”It’s a commemoration of a deep loss, loss of their sovereign rights to their land, loss of family, loss of the right to practice their culture.” (Creative Spirits)
Many people are asking for a new date which includes all Australians.
What do you know about Australia? Try this crossword and find out.