Monday, January 26, 2009
January 26 is a National Holiday in Australia because today is their Australia Day. It is also known as their National Day because this day marks their nationhood. This day commemorates the First Fleet of the British Flag at Sydney Cove. This is also the day of the proclamation of the British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia. There had been a lot of controversies surrounding this day for the Australian people. Some call this day the Invasion Day. For the Indigenous Australian, this day is perceived as British colonialism, thereby bringing the destruction of the Indigenous culture. Well, so much for history. At present, It is observed thru family gathering, parades, citizenship ceremonies and various presentation. I suppose fireworks as well! Bottom line of this entry is, on this day, our Australian brothers and sisters are celebrating their National Holiday!! It is a Holiday so heres’ a toast to the Australian people;
HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!!