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About Australia Day

Date When Celebrated: Australia Day is always held on January 26

Australia Day is a national holiday in Australia, celebrating national pride and culture, and an opportunity to recognize and enjoy accomplishments. Many Aussies, as they are fondly called, use this day to explore and learn more about their national identity and culture.

On January 26, 1788, Arthur Phillip sailed into Sydney Cove and planted the Union Jack flag. He brought with him convicts to create a penal colony. Of course, these convicts were not the original citizens of Australia. The Aborigines arrived in Australia about 45,000 to 50,000 years ago.

How to Celebrate Australia Day

Have a party or celebration with family and friends.

Watch fireworks.

Learn more about this fascinating country.

Watch a documentary on Kangaroos or Koala Bears.

Today's Quote

“There’s nothing about a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.  – – R. Buckner Fuller

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History and Origin of Australia Day

Creation of Australia Day was promoted by the Native Australian Association. This holiday was first celebrated on January 26, 1935. It wasn’t until 1994 that it became a national public holiday.

More About Today

What happened on this Day? This Day in History

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Recipe of the Day Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip

Houseplant of the Day: Bonsai

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