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It’s been a very busy last couple of weeks in my house so have had next to no time for my writing, or my blog. Seems I was just getting over Christmas and the New Year when I started  another job which includes working weekends. Someone politely reminded me of the fact it will probably mean I’ll miss much of the upcoming Australia Day celebrations, a pity when its the one day I truly had looked foward to this year because it meant I didn’t have to lift a finger or do any cooking!
It’s a day when we “aussies’ get to let our hair down and join others in
commemorating the establishment of the first settlement in 1788.
It is an opportunity for Australians to come together to celebrate their country and culture. There are reflections on the achievements of the nation and explorations of way to make the country even better in the future.All around the Central Coast of New South Wales (and the rest of Australia) events have been planned, so if I’m lucky I might just be able to squeeze in a fireworks display and possibly some fish and chips down by the beach.

Sounds pretty Australian and pretty good to me mate!

AUSTRALIA DAYhttp://www.australiaday.org.au/

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Australia Day on Sydney Harbour 2004

The meaning and significance of Australia Day have evolved over time. Unofficially, or historically, the date has also been variously named “Anniversary Day”, “Invasion Day”, “Foundation Day”, and “ANA Day”.26 January 1788 marked the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (then known as New Holland) Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808, with the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales held in 1818. On New Years Day 1901, the British colonies of Australia formed a Federation, marking the birth of modern Australia. A national day of unity and celebration was looked for. It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories had adopted use of the term “Australia Day” to mark the date, and not until 1994 that the date was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories.

In contemporary Australia, the holiday is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve, announcement of the Australia Day Honours list and addresses from the Governor-General and Prime Minister. It is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia, unless it falls on a weekend in which case the following Monday is a public holiday instead. With community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies, the day is celebrated in large and small communities and cities around the nation. Australia Day has become the biggest annual civic event in Australia.
(courtesy of Wikipedia)