“It’s the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation.”
source: Australia Day
Today we celebrate Australia Day the 26th January 2010. On this day 222 years ago was the arrival of the First Fleet into Sydney Cove and is officially declared a public holiday in every State and Territory around Australia since 1994.
The Founding of Australia
Although Captain James Cook explored and claimed Botany Bay in 1770, it wasn’t until 1788 when the First Fleet arrived under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip that Australia was established as a penal colony.
Australia Day has been previously known as Foundation Day and has also been referred to as Invasion Day by some groups within Australian society. The controversy stems from the belief that it was the destruction of Indigenous culture by the British.
Whatever your beliefs are of this day, my wish is for you to enjoy it and celebrate as you see fit.
How to Celebrate Australia Day
As far as I can tell there are no hard and fast rules on how to celebrate this day. The main thing is to enjoy yourself whatever you do. Celebrating with friends and family is always cool and as we know, the more the merrier extends to this holiday. Participate in any way you can and feel proud to be an Australian.
Activities can include :-
- A day at the beach with the cricket bat or or volley ball.
- Lots of beer
- Attending official events and/or concerts
- Holding a BBQ at home
- Visit museums and learn about our history
- Dress up in Aussie colours
- Organise a competition for the best outfit
- Watch the fireworks
- Fly the Australian Flag at home or on your car
- Make Lamingtons or Pavlova
Most of all, enjoy the day.
The Aussie BBQ
We enjoyed some Australia Day Burgers on the BBQ for dinner. I used the following recipe and they were delicious.
- 500 g lean Beef mince
- 1/2 Onion — finely chopped
- 1 TSP chopped fresh garlic
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh Parsley
- 1/2 cup HEINZ tomato ketchup
- 1 egg — lightly beaten
- 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
- salt and freshly ground black pepper — to taste
- 6 Hamburger buns—split and toasted ( 6 to 8 )
- your favourite burger ingredients—choose from:
- tomato — beetroot,
- pineapple, avocado, lettuce, Cheese,
- Bacon, onions
- and/or egg
Of course you may have celebrated in your own unique way. I’d love to know what you got up to and hope you had a Happy Australia Day!