Get together to celebrate the day

Celebrations: Australians from all cultural backgrounds gather to spend the day together at a range of events like the Australia Day parade pictured.
Celebrations: Australians from all cultural backgrounds gather to spend the day together at a range of events like the Australia Day parade pictured.

What are you doing on Australia Day?

The answer to this question varies greatly depending on who you ask.

For some it's a day to celebrate the country and take part in an official events, others spend the day with family or friends, some simply enjoy a day off work while others feel the date should be changed altogether.

The National Australia Day Council said the day allows people to "reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate contemporary Australia and acknowledge history."

The council encourages people to celebrate everything they love about Australia from the land, sense of fair go, lifestyle, democracy, the freedoms we enjoy but particularly the people.

Take part: Search for an event near you here www.australiaday.org.au/events/

Take part: Search for an event near you here www.australiaday.org.au/events/

The day is about acknowledging and celebrating the contribution every Australian makes to the nation.

From Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - who have been in the country for more than 65,000 years - to those who have lived here for generations, to those who have come from all corners of the globe.

The marking of January 26 is an important date in Australia's history and has changed over time: starting as a celebration for emancipated convicts and evolving into what is now a celebration of Australia that reflects the nation's diverse people.

Did you know?

  • Families and those born overseas are most likely to participate
  • 13 million people (over half the country) participate in specific Australia Day celebrations each year both official and unofficial
  • 75 per cent of Australians believe the day should be a time to recognise and celebrate the country's cultural diversity
  • 54 per cent give thought to how lucky we are to live in Australia
  • 46 per cent celebrate the freedom of living in Australia
  • Three in four Australians believe it has a bigger meaning beyond "just a day off"
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