The official national day in Australia is celebrated all over the country, and by Aussies living in other countries. January 26 is when it all began, even though it wasn’t until 1935 that all the states and territories started referring to the holiday with that particular name. It was previously known as Foundation Day, Anniversary Day, and ANA (Australian Nations Association) Day.
Australia Day marks the end of the British sovereign, and natives participate in various events that highlight the national holiday. This year it is on a weekend day – Saturday, and the Committee has planned fabulous activities, concerts, and fireworks for us, so let’s sum up what are the main events for Australia Day 2013 in Melbourne:
Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony
The official, and very festive event occurs every year in front of the Melbourne Town Hall, and includes a Full Royal Guard and the Royal Australian Navy Band Detachment. It will be officiated by the Governor of the entire state – His Excellency, the Honourable Alex Chernov. Everyone who wants to witness the raising of the flag is welcome to join.
Australia Day March
Immediately after the Flag Raising, begins the Australia March. The participants (of all ages and genders) represent the vast variety of different cultures and heritage in the country. The Victorians take a proud stroll from the Town Hall to Kings Domain Gardens.
Australia Day Luncheon
A posh event to commemorate the national holiday with the country’s most successful business leaders and politicians. The price for one-person ticket is $135, and a table for ten will cost you $1,200.
Australia Day Fireworks
The highlight of the celebrations starts at 9.40 p.m. at the Sydney Myer Bowl in Melbourne. The Australia Day Fireworks mark the end of the official events, and are world-wide known tor their extravagance, and lavishness. They can be viewed from numerous spots in the capital like the baks of the River Yarra, Birrarung Marr, and, naturally, the Federation Square. Those of you who have decided to by-stand the Trans Turkish Express Australia Day concert will also have a first-row view for the fireworks.
These are just some of the most exciting Australia Day events in Melbourne. In case you haven’t made your pick yet, you can visit the official website of the holiday, and look for something that will suit your personal preferences.
While choosing in which holiday celebrations to participate, you should also consider organising your own garden party to have a quiet commemoration of the national day. Even though it is a Saturday, and a country-wide day off, our expert cleaners will be at your beck and call, should you decide to delegate carpet cleaning Melbourne, or any other cleaning chore to our experts. We can promise you that your home will e in prefect condition for the Australia Day festivities.
Have a happy Australia Day celebration!