Recently our most recent Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, apologised to the Church Abuse Victims of Australia…and I was like…
Now, he’s decided that Councils who don’t agree with the date of Australia Day and have their Citizenship Ceremonies on different days, because that’s what their Councils agreed on…HAVE to have it on “Australia Day”…Nothing like the white colonies making people celebrate Australia Day with a national holiday, that’s only been a “National Holiday” since 1994.
I think we are getting to bogged down with a specific date, rather than looking at a particular day. Instead of making it a specific date, how about making it the last Monday every January, seeing as that’s the public holiday anyway for the next couple of years, like Good Friday, Monday,Easter Sunday, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, AFL Grand Final, Fathers Day, Mothers Day…Every New Years Day is a different day, if it’s on a Saturday, we don’t hold the public holiday for it on a Monday. The Queens Birthday, we don’t even celebrate it ON her Birthday, we make it every second Monday in June, her birthday is in April. Even then not all states in Australia celebrate it in June! #changetheday
Nothing says “Love Australia and Love Australia Day” like forced Patriotism.
So YAY to long weekends! Is there anything better than a long weekend? Unless of course you’re a casual worker like me, where you can be called in every day, so you never really relax. It’s hard to describe to people who have never been a casual worker before. I feel like I have to act like I am going to work the next day, even when I’m not scheduled, because I could still be called in. I do not want to be called into work and be all hung over, or something like that.
The reason for our pubic holidays is to celebrate Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth birthday. Since Australia is apart of the Commonwealth, we get a public holiday, It’s a little odd though. The Queens ACTUAL Birthday is April 21st, but her “official” birthday is always on a Saturday during June, generally the second weekend.
So why the second birthday? (Other than…How cool would that be?!)
Queen Elizabeth is not the first Royal Family member to have a second birthday. The tradition was believed to have started with the Reign of King George II in 1748. The answer really is quiet simple and you can see when you see the reason why it started to become a tradition. George II was born in October but the annual summer military cavalcade became a celebration of the king as well as the armed forces.
It probably may came a shock to little, especially with all that’s been happening this past year, that there is a huge debate in Australia right now and whether or not we should change the date. This is because the Indigenous people of Australia do not see it as a day that is celebratory, but rather they call it “”Invasion Day” and I do not blame them for it at all. You see Australia Day is celebrated on the 26th because, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ship, in Port Jackson, New South Wales. It wasn’t actually until 1901 that it was called “Australia Day”. Before that it had various names such as: “Anniversary Day”, “Foundation Day”, and “ANA Day”
For one I don’t mind the date being changed, just as long as it still is within Summer…Too me beaches and Summer are just “Australian”. I even heard a name for the new day that I liked “The Spirit of Australia”…I don’t know, it just had a ring for me.
However I feel especially proud to be an Australian today. Apart from the hard right hater type folks, I feel very safe here. I am actually more frightened of my Aussies who are all “Send them back” types, mainly because they inflict and aggravate SO much hate and fear, that I feel more unsafe to be around a group of them than any of our modern “invaders”. They tend to be the ones who cause more fights, though all we mainly hear about the people they want to send people back…Even if they are just as “naturally” Australian as they are…It’s aggravating.
Someone should remind them of their Australia National Anthem:
Can you believe that we are up to Week 27! Less than half a year to go until Christmas already!
What is your favorite month of the year?
I have two! (hope that’s allowed!) I love April for two reasons, the main one is that it’s my Birthday month (yay) and the second is that it’s Easter, roughly, and we get so many public holidays during the month. My second favourite month is December, I am such a Christmas person, I love it! I love the magic it can bring and how it just brings my entire family together. It’s the only time of year that we are all together, everyone comes from interstate. Also though December is the month where the year ends and you can start all refreshed and renewed.
Do you drink coffee at all?
I am definitely a coffee drinker, I probably have three cups a days. Sometimes I’ll change it up and have a cup of tea in there somewhere and I can’t drink coffee when I’m sick. I still will drink water and I will have days where I just want to drink water because I feel dehydrated.
What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?
Call centre work, oh I hated it! Great money but the work is horrible. People are just so much more aggressive over the phone for some unknown reason. It’s also a huge regret of mine because I wanted to money to go travelling, but it seems to be a lot harder to get a job when you’ve been go travelling a lot =/
List: If you play video/computer games list 5 games you like?
I love to play video games, some of them are like therapy for me.
The Sims (probably my favourite game!)
Age of Empires
Fable II & III (xBox games)
Settlers….That’s mainly because that’s the one my partner and I play,lol.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Just thought that I would give a quick shout out at my American friends and readers and wish them a happy 4th of July! Party and be safe! I’m sure that you all are aware of the celebrations of July the 4th, but I’ve just added some links for those who might be more curious or interested.
Down Under today we are celebrating the Queens birthday (I don’t actually know what the Queen of England’s birthday) … The best part of it though? We get a public holiday here. Celebration! Well to celebrate I am sleeping in and playing video game all day! What do you like to do on public holidays?!
It’s another long weekend here in Australia! What do you like to do with your long weekends? Do you like to do some gardening, shopping, get your creative juices flowing, go on a short holiday perhaps? My family is all coming from interstate this weekend to celebrate my Aunt’s birthday…So I may not be posting or replying as fast this weekend.
I hope that you have all been having a really great Easter Weekend, and I am sorry if you had to work over it. I’m not sure about countries overseas, here in Australia though, we have the Friday, Sunday and Monday as Public Holidays, so it’s a nice long weekend.
Easter Monday (obviously) comes the day after Easter Sunday (or in my case, Happy Chocolate Day)…Easter Monday can also be known as “Bright Monday” or “Renewal Monday”. I kind of like those two names, it feels like you start the week brightly and renewed sense after not having such a long time off of work since around Christmas time. Of course you can take it in the literal sense of Jesus Christ coming back to life after three days.
What did you all do with your weekend? I hope it was sweet!
Another year, another Friday Easter (not that I’m complaining…Hot Cross Buns for the win every time!) Did anyone notice that they were selling Easter Eggs early this year, or was it just me? As I have been previously informed though not everyone has hot cross buns, so here’s a picture of one and a lovely recipe.
Easter Friday is generally celebrated by the Christian Faith and is celebrated as the day that Jesus Christ was placed upon the crucifix. It is generally know seen as a global public holiday with many national government recognising it.
So here in the land “Down Under” on the 26th of December (the day after Christmas, for all those new players at home) Australia and other countries that fall under the “Commonwealth” countries. Commonwealth countries are usually countries where Queen Elizabeth and the Royal family of England still ultimately rule.
Originally where this day originated from, was when servants and tradespeople would receive a “box of gifts” from their bosses or employers.
Today to celebrate this day here is a video of a cat…Trust me, it’s funny =P