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Australia Day commemorates the day in 1788 when Captain Arthur Phillip landed in Sydney Cove and claimed Australia’s eastern side for Britain through the symbolic act of planting the British flag (known as the ‘Union Jack’). Australia Day has become bigger and bigger in Australia in recent years. It is now a public holiday all around Australia.
Many people both born in Australia and those who have come from abroad love the Australia Day celebrations and have a great time. Some Aboriginal people question the idea of celebrating the day that the country that they had lived in for over 40,000 years was occupied and, as well as that, was claimed to have been uninhabited by anyone. Some Aboriginal and other Australians therefore prefer to call the day Invasion Day and others suggest we chose a different date to celebrate.
Australia day is a chance to get together with friends and family. Lots of people have a barbeque at home or down at the beach or river or park. Many places hold Australia Day concerts in the evening with fireworks displays to finish off the evening. Many citizenship ceremonies are also held on Australia Day.
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