Today, January 26th, is Australia Day.
“Australia Day is on January 26 and commemorates the establishment of the first European settlement at Port Jackson, now part of Sydney, in 1788. It is an opportunity for Australians to come together to celebrate their country and culture. There are reflections on the achievements of the nation and explorations of way to make the country even better in the future. ” (click here for more information)
So we flew the flag. The sky was blue and the temperature was in the 30’s. Further down the street neighbours played cricket, and over the back fence a big pool party was in full swing.
We had burgers on the barbie, washed down with a Semillon sauvignon blanc.
Followed by pavlova…
But lingering at the back of my mind is that with all the flag waving and celebrations the original “first” Australians are left out. Many Aboriginal groups use this day as a time to protest as they strive for recognition.
For a look at the 2 sides of Australia Day in Melbourne go here.