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Canberra Day (ACT)

Canberra Day is a public holiday celebrated in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), where the country's capital city, Canberra, is located. It is a day to commemorate the founding and establishment of Canberra as the nation's capital.

Here's a brief overview of the origin and history of Canberra Day:

  1. Establishment of Canberra: Canberra was officially selected as the site for the capital of Australia in 1913. The decision to build a new city for the capital was made due to a long-standing rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne, both of which wanted to be the capital of the newly formed Commonwealth of Australia. The location for the new capital was chosen as a compromise, and the city was designed by American architect Walter Burley Griffin and his wife, Marion Mahony Griffin.

  2. Foundation Stone Laying: The foundation stone of Canberra was laid by Lady Denman, the wife of Australia's Governor-General, on March 12, 1913. This event marked the beginning of the construction and development of the city. The date of March 12 is now commemorated as Canberra Day.

  3. Early Celebrations: In the early years, Canberra Day was celebrated with various events and activities, including parades, picnics, and cultural exhibitions. It was an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the city's foundation.

  4. Official Holiday: Canberra Day became an official public holiday in the Australian Capital Territory in 1914. It was a day for residents to enjoy festivities and reflect on the growth and development of their city.

  5. Contemporary Celebrations: Today, Canberra Day is celebrated with a wide range of activities and events. These include community festivals, concerts, sports competitions, and cultural exhibitions. It is a time for residents and visitors to appreciate the natural beauty, cultural heritage, and achievements of the city.

  6. Community Engagement: Canberra Day is also a time for community engagement and participation. Many local organizations, schools, and community groups organize events and activities that showcase the city's culture, history, and achievements.

  7. Civic Pride: Canberra Day is an opportunity for residents of the Australian Capital Territory to take pride in their city and reflect on its significance as the capital of Australia. It's a day to celebrate the unique character of the city and its role in the nation's governance.

  8. Date Change: Ever since then, the third Monday of March is observed in the celebration of the great city of Canberra. The day was moved from the third Monday of March to the second in 2007 to have it fall closer to its original date, March 12.

In summary, Canberra Day is a holiday that celebrates the founding and establishment of Canberra as the capital of Australia. It has evolved over the years to become a day of community engagement, cultural celebration, and civic pride in the nation's capital.

List of dates

Year Weekday Date Name Time
2024 Monday 11 Mar 2024 Canberra Day (ACT) in 2 weeks
2025 Monday 10 Mar 2025 Canberra Day (ACT) in 1 year
2026 Monday 9 Mar 2026 Canberra Day (ACT) in 2 years
2027 Monday 8 Mar 2027 Canberra Day (ACT) in 3 years
2028 Monday 13 Mar 2028 Canberra Day (ACT) in 4 years
2029 Monday 12 Mar 2029 Canberra Day (ACT) in 5 years
2030 Monday 11 Mar 2030 Canberra Day (ACT) in 6 years
2031 Monday 10 Mar 2031 Canberra Day (ACT) in 7 years
2032 Monday 8 Mar 2032 Canberra Day (ACT) in 8 years
2033 Monday 14 Mar 2033 Canberra Day (ACT) in 9 years
2034 Monday 13 Mar 2034 Canberra Day (ACT) in 10 years
2035 Monday 12 Mar 2035 Canberra Day (ACT) in 11 years
2036 Monday 10 Mar 2036 Canberra Day (ACT) in 12 years
2037 Monday 9 Mar 2037 Canberra Day (ACT) in 13 years
2038 Monday 8 Mar 2038 Canberra Day (ACT) in 14 years
2039 Monday 14 Mar 2039 Canberra Day (ACT) in 15 years
2023 Monday 13 Mar 2023 Canberra Day (ACT) 11 months ago
2022 Monday 14 Mar 2022 Canberra Day (ACT) 1 year ago
2021 Monday 8 Mar 2021 Canberra Day (ACT) 2 years ago
2020 Monday 9 Mar 2020 Canberra Day (ACT) 3 years ago
2019 Monday 11 Mar 2019 Canberra Day (ACT) 4 years ago
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