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    Just a day off. I wouldn't go out and celebrate it, while my DP is an Australian citizen he was born overseas and feels uncomfortable out and about on Australia day.

    I think Australia day has become very bogan and have no interest in eating lamb and binge drinking.

    The kids and I might make lamingtons if we get around to it. Other than that we aren't doing much at all.

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    I am with you all too. With 2 grandmothers who were part of the stolen generation (my mum's bio mum and her step mum), I find myself cringing at what the day has become. It takes all my strength not to delete people left right and centre from my news feed on facey.
    It's just a public holiday to our family and a time for quiet mourning for me.

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    I'm your typical bitza convict blood Australian and I couldn't care less about Australia Day to be honest. I feel fortunate that I live in a peaceful country but I agree that it just seems to be another excuse for people to get p!ssed.

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    I'm an Indian and tomorrow is also Indian republic day. So as kids we celebrated it as a special Indian and Aussie day by eating lots of food. So tomorrow I'm cooking

    Cheesymite scrolls for breakfast, vegetarian pakoras for lunch and tandoori lamb chops with Bombay potatoes and a spicy cauliflower/pea dish. My spin on meat & 3 veg. Dessert is a mango icecream.

    When I lived in cronulla I hid indoors on 26/1 as it didn't feel safe to go outside. Now I'm in Canberra and whilst I feel safer to be outdoors I will just hover close to home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catzilla View Post
    I agree with everything said so far.

    I think that maybe we should instead celebrate Australia Day on the day that all the colonies came together and we actually became one nation of Australia at federation.
    I believe that happened on jan 1st 1900, or 1901, so that would make it New Years Day, ?? correct me if im wrong. I don't see much point in using that date, but I agree with your thoughts. marie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia&Hannah View Post
    I'm an Indian and tomorrow is also Indian republic day. So as kids we celebrated it as a special Indian and Aussie day by eating lots of food. So tomorrow I'm cooking

    Cheesymite scrolls for breakfast, vegetarian pakoras for lunch and tandoori lamb chops with Bombay potatoes and a spicy cauliflower/pea dish. My spin on meat & 3 veg. Dessert is a mango icecream.

    When I lived in cronulla I hid indoors on 26/1 as it didn't feel safe to go outside. Now I'm in Canberra and whilst I feel safer to be outdoors I will just hover close to home.
    You're making my mouth water!!!!

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    I'm not a fan.

    I feel very fortunate to have been born in Australia. There are so many things that I love about this country, and so many privileges that I've simply been born into.

    I'm all for celebrating your country and your culture, but Australia day (or at least the public image of it) tends toward celebrating the white history of Australia, along with its white masculine mythologies. Not really my scene. I have no issue with people celebrating those things if that's what's really meaningful to them, but ignoring and marginalizing other experiences (along with criticising anyone who doesn't celebrate the same things that you do) seems to be an all-too-common and acceptable part of the celebrations.

    I'd be much more comfortable with a national day which was held on a different date, and publicly celebrated more of Australia's multiple histories and cultures (I'm aware that there's a lot of those celebrations that do go on...but it's rarely what's seen in media/advertising etc. and hence legitimized).

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    I agree about a lot that has been said above regarding the colonisation of Australia and the date of Australia Day BUT I love Australia Day. I'm torn. Unlike Christmas tomorrow is a day that I am not expected to see all my relatives. Unlike nye it is not a late night party. Australia Day lends itself to catching up with friends for a long lazy day of eating yummy food and playing in the pool/beach/under the sprinkler and listening to great music. This is my favorite kind of party so tomorrow I am going to celebrate how lucky I am to be born in this country and to have such beautiful friends surrounding me. I'm happy to call it hottest 100 day. I love it! X

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    Why not hold it in the day our country finally said sorry!?

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    Australia day to me is just what we ( our previous politicians) have chosen as a date for our national day. I understand there is now Sorry Day, but it is not a public holiday. I certainly don't agree with it being a day for binge drinking, and showing how terribly 'bogan' and racist you can be. I like to see the 'new' Australians becoming aussie citizens on australia day. I think that is something special for them and for the nation. I am a Australian by birth, and my family tree is born here for about five generations now, so I do value that fact, and I feel very blessed to be here. I do think there could be less money spent on fireworks, and more money spent on better things. I do not know that we really need a special day to celebrate, but I would rather we dropped the Queens birthday public holiday, and kept Australia day. marie.


 

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