It's the day after Rabbie Burns Birthday and celebration night.. all would have been a sorry place in Scotland tonight with no Burns' suppers' and no Ceilidhs ....
Like Columbus Day, there are mixed feelings about Australia Day because of the date that commemorates the landing of the first fleet at Port Jackson in 1788. (AKA as Sydney Harbour). Australia did not exist at the time and did not come into existence until 1901.
All that is necessary to resolve the Australia Day/Invasion Day tensions would be to change the date. It isn't as though it hasn't been changed before but there is an underlying and unresolved culture war going on over here and the government is sticking fast to the current date.
Proof that changing the date is really no big deal
Hi Ruth n jersey, we celebrate usually with fireworks, picnics, street parades, beach parties and bar-b-ques. On that day too new migrants from other countries are sworn in as Australian citizens. A lot happens. Of course this year celebrations were curtailed a little because of Covid, but nevertheless still lots of fun. Thanks for asking