It’s Australia Day today…our national day.
Australia Day, January 26, is the biggest day of celebration in the country and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories.
On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. It’s the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation and what we mourn about it. For me this year, it is the current treatment of our asylum seekers that makes me embarrassed to be an Australian and utterly furious all at the same time.
It’s also the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future. Australia Day means different things to different people, especially for thethe First Australians. For many Indigenous Australians 26 January is an occasion to reflect on past loss and suffering.
There are Australia Day awards recognising service in all shapes and forms and it is also a day many migrants decide to adopt Australia as their country and they take up citizenship. They are given a certificate and a small native plant to mark this significant occasion.
My family generally attend a family day by the sea where there are free rides, fire works and community groups spruiking their activities. The smell of onions, sausages, falafels, souvlaki and ice cream fill the air….a true representation of our multicultural society.