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Australia Day 🇦🇺

Australia Day, celebrated on January 26th, marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of British ships in Port Jackson (now Sydney Harbour) in 1788. It is considered the national day of Australia and is a significant event in the country's history. However, the observance and meaning of Australia Day have evolved over time and have been a subject of controversy.

Here is a brief overview of the origin and history of Australia Day:

  1. Early Settlement: On January 26, 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip led the First Fleet, a group of 11 British ships, to establish a penal colony at Sydney Cove. This marked the beginning of British colonization in Australia, and it was the first step in the process that led to the creation of the modern nation.

  2. Commemoration: In the early years, the anniversary of this landing was celebrated as the "Foundation Day" or "First Landing Day." Various events and activities were held to commemorate the founding of the colony.

  3. Expansion of Celebration: Over time, the celebration of Australia Day expanded beyond New South Wales to other Australian colonies and territories as they were established. Each colony celebrated the day independently, with different names and on different dates.

  4. Unifying Australia: In the 19th century, discussions about federation and the idea of creating a united nation emerged. Australia Day began to be seen as an opportunity to promote unity among the different colonies, fostering a sense of national identity.

  5. Federation and National Day: On January 1, 1901, the Commonwealth of Australia was officially established when six colonies (New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, and Tasmania) federated into a single nation. However, it was not until 1935 that January 26th was officially designated as "Australia Day" throughout the country. It was not until 1994 that 26 January was marked as a public holiday in all states and territories.

  6. Controversy and Indigenous Perspectives: Despite its significance to many Australians, January 26th has also become a day of controversy and reflection. For Indigenous Australians, the arrival of the First Fleet represents the beginning of a history of dispossession, violence, and the loss of their traditional lands and way of life. They refer to it as "Invasion Day" or "Survival Day" and use the day to raise awareness about the impacts of colonization on their communities.

  7. Changing Perspectives: In recent years, there has been increasing debate and calls to change the date of Australia Day to one that is more inclusive and acknowledges the Indigenous history and culture of the country. Some propose moving it to a date that represents a more positive milestone for all Australians.

It's important to note that the views and perspectives on Australia Day vary among different groups of people, and the celebration continues to evolve as the nation grapples with its history and seeks to foster unity and inclusivity.

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Year Weekday Date Name Time
2024 Friday 26 Jan 2024 Australia Day 🇦🇺 4 weeks ago
2025 Sunday 26 Jan 2025 Australia Day 🇦🇺 in 11 months
2026 Monday 26 Jan 2026 Australia Day 🇦🇺 in 1 year
2027 Tuesday 26 Jan 2027 Australia Day 🇦🇺 in 2 years
2028 Wednesday 26 Jan 2028 Australia Day 🇦🇺 in 3 years
2029 Friday 26 Jan 2029 Australia Day 🇦🇺 in 4 years
2030 Saturday 26 Jan 2030 Australia Day 🇦🇺 in 5 years
2031 Sunday 26 Jan 2031 Australia Day 🇦🇺 in 6 years
2032 Monday 26 Jan 2032 Australia Day 🇦🇺 in 7 years
2033 Wednesday 26 Jan 2033 Australia Day 🇦🇺 in 8 years
2034 Thursday 26 Jan 2034 Australia Day 🇦🇺 in 9 years
2035 Friday 26 Jan 2035 Australia Day 🇦🇺 in 10 years
2036 Saturday 26 Jan 2036 Australia Day 🇦🇺 in 11 years
2037 Monday 26 Jan 2037 Australia Day 🇦🇺 in 12 years
2038 Tuesday 26 Jan 2038 Australia Day 🇦🇺 in 13 years
2039 Wednesday 26 Jan 2039 Australia Day 🇦🇺 in 14 years
2023 Thursday 26 Jan 2023 Australia Day 🇦🇺 1 year ago
2022 Wednesday 26 Jan 2022 Australia Day 🇦🇺 2 years ago
2021 Tuesday 26 Jan 2021 Australia Day 🇦🇺 3 years ago
2020 Sunday 26 Jan 2020 Australia Day 🇦🇺 4 years ago
2019 Saturday 26 Jan 2019 Australia Day 🇦🇺 5 years ago
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