Australia Day 2018: ‘Invasion Day’ Protests and Other Facts That Rocked Aussies

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Australians celebrate national day on Jan. 26. But this year is special for major protests and desire to change the date.

Keep on reading to know why.

When is Australia Day celebrated?

Australia Day is the official national day of Australia that is celebrated on Jan. 26. It is the day in 1788 when the first fleet of ships from Britain entered Sydney Cove.

On this day, in 1788, commander Captain Arthur Phillip famously raised the Union Jack in Sydney Cove – to signal their arrival.

In other worlds, the holiday commemorates the British colonization of Australia.

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Australia Day controversy

Three main things associated with the fest are barbecue, celebration and holiday. But among Indigenous Australians, the most popular words for this day are invasion, survival and murder.

According to a recent poll by the Australia Institute, 56% of Australians don’t mind when the national holiday is held, so long as we have one, while 49% said it should not be held on a day that is offensive to Indigenous Australians and only 23% chose 26 January as the best available day.

This year major ‘Invasion Day’ protest rallies call for date change. The crowd in Melbourne, an estimated 60,000, was by far the biggest of a series of protests in major cities across the country.

Smaller marches were held in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and Darwin, celebrating Indigenous resistance, calling for action on the Uluru statement and urging an end to “racist” and harmful government policies.

How to celebrate?

Usually Australia Day is celebrated with grilled sausages and steaks. If you want to get really authentic, make indooroo, an Australian dish featuring kangaroo steaks marinated in mango, chili, garam masala, and curry powder.

Most Australian communities will put on a few public events for Australia Day. They may have festivals, concerts, sports matches, and parades. Check your community’s event calendar for a run down of the local festivities.

Here are even more fun and fascinating facts about Aussies you’ll be surprised to hear.

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