On January 26th, Australians celebrate Australia Day. This is a time to celebrate:-
- being an Australian
- reflecting on what a wonderful country Australia is
- acknowledging those who have contributed in a special way to Australian communities and
As technology breaks down my classroom walls and education becomes increasingly global, it has made my students aware of other countries, cultures, ideologies and religions. However it has also made us far more aware of who we are, where we have come from, why it is special to be a citizen of our country and why it is important to celebrate and remember our individual cultures.
What does Australia Day look like in the community that I live in? As part of the Moyne Shire, Hawkesdale was chosen to host the official Australia Day celebrations for this shire (as the Moyne Shire citizen of the year came from the Hawkesdale community.
This took place in the public reflection area and Memorial Hall. Here is what it looked like:-
8am- 9:00am Breakfast of cereal, yoghurt, fruit, egg and bacon muffins and/or a sausage with sauce in bread.
9:30am The official program commenced. This included official introductions, the singing of our national anthem, speeches, naturalization of new Australian citizens within our shire, awards for The Community Event of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Citizen of the Year and an address by an Australia Day ambassador.
Australian flags and stickers were handed out by our local cubs and scouts. More than 200 people were in attendance.
We are camping at the Port Fairy Gardens Caravan Park. Flags are proudly being flown from tents, annexes and cars. Many campers are enjoying barbecues throughout the day with some starting with bacon and eggs for breakfast. It is a day to celebrate being part of a lucky country, where the lifestyle is relaxed and peaceful, the folks are easy going, where community groups support each other through thick and thin and where the greetings heard are:- “G’day mate, how are ya goin’?”
To my Australian friends and colleagues “Happy Australia Day”. To my friends from other countries and readers of this blog, do you have a special day to reflect on being a citizen of your country? How do you celebrate?