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Holiday Calendar for Australia

Holiday Calendar for Australia for 2020-2021 year
Australians tend to embrace their environment proudly. Aboriginal and contemporary Australian cultures share an understanding of the importance of plant and animal life to the nation. Australian traditions, notable events, festivals, special days and national holidays in Australia

National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2020-2021 year

March 2020

Monday 9 March - Canberra Day (Australian Capital Territory; celebrated on the second Monday in March)

April 2020

Friday 24 April - Kapyong Day (Australia, Canada, New Zealand)
Saturday 25 April - Anzac Day (Australia, New Zealand, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Western Samoa. It commemorates the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps - ANZAC - on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915)

May 2020

Sunday 10 May - Mother’s Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe)

June 2020

Wednesday 3 June - Mabo Day in Australia (It commemorates Eddie Koiki Mabo (c. 29 June 1936–21 January 1992) a Torres Strait Islander whose campaign for Indigenous land rights led to a landmark decision of the High Court of Australia that, on 3 June 1992, overturned the legal fiction of terra nullius which had characterised Australian law with regards to land and title since the voyage of James Cook in 1770)
Sunday 7 June - Western Australia Day (celebrated on the first Sunday in June)
Monday 8 June - Queen's Birthday in Australia (celebrated on the second Monday in June. Except Western Australia and Queensland)

July 2020

Wednesday 1 July - International Tartan Day (Tartan Day is a celebration of Scottish heritage on 6 April, the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. It originated in Canada in the mid-1980s. It spread to other communities of the Scottish diaspora in the 1990s. In Australia the similar International Tartan Day is held on 1 July, the anniversary of the repeal of the 1747 Act of Proscription that banned the wearing of tartan. Tartan Days typically have parades of pipe bands, Highland dancing and other Scottish-themed events)
Saturday 18 July - Hot Dog Day (United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. It has been celebrated since 1971, when students first proposed it. Hot Dog Day itself is usually the third Saturday in April, although many students celebrate the entire "hot dog week", running from that Wednesday to that Sunday. July 18 – based on when the North American Meat Institute hosts its annual Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill.)
Sunday 26 July - National Tree Planting Day in Australia (celebrated on last Sunday in July)

August 2020

Sunday 23 August - Speech Pathology Week in Australia (2020, 23-29 August. Speech Pathology Week seeks to promote the speech pathology profession and the work done by speech pathologists with the more than 1.1 million Australians who have a communication or swallowing disorder that impacts on their daily life)

September 2020

Sunday 6 September - Father's Day in Australia (also Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea is celebrated on the first Sunday of September)

October 2020

Monday 5 October - International Day of No Prostitution (IDNP is an awareness day that was first observed in 2002. Locations at which IDNP was observed in its inaugural year included the San Francisco Bay Area of California, United States and Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Friday 30 October - Teacher's Day in Australia (Date for 2020. celebrated on last Friday in October)

November 2020

December 2020

Saturday 26 December - Boxing day in Australia (also Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Great Britain, New Zealand, Canada, Kiribati, Nauru, Botswana, Ghana, Jamaica)
Monday 28 December - Proclamation Day (South Australia, celebration started on the day following Christmas)

January 2021

Tuesday 26 January - Australia Day (Millions of listeners tune in annually on Australia Day to the Triple J Hottest 100 to find out which song has been voted number one)

February 2021

also about some Australian traditions

  • «Aussie» is a colloquialism that was used during World War I to refer to Australian-born people of British or Irish ancestry.
  • Australia’s British heritage and multiculturalism mean that most of their traditions are adopted from far and wide; however, there are a few customs and rituals that are purely Australian, and although they may seem ridiculous to non-Aussies, they are a part of their true blue identity. Even though fully two thirds of the population lives in the capital cities of the states and territories, the romantic image of the Aussie jackaroo (that’s cowboy, to you) persists.
  • Larrikin is an Australian term for a hoodlum, but also refers to a part of the Australian tradition that both reveres troublemakers and finds humor in the darker parts of life - Larrikinism.
  • Muck Up Day - a senior prank is a type of organized prank pulled by the senior class of a school, college, or university to cause chaos throughout the institution. The pranks are usually carried out at the end of the senior school year as a going away mark on the school, and in some cases have become something of a tradition.
  • Once the school year has finished... - Schoolies - tradition since the 1970s - symbolises freedom and fun.
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