So on Monday was my first Anzac Day in Australia.
Personally, I didn’t even know that it existed until I checked that there was a long weekend coming and why is that?
What is Anzac Day and why is it celebrated in Australia?
Anzac Day /ˈænzæk/ is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.”
Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day was originally to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I.Anzac Day is also observed in the Cook Islands, Niue, Pitcairn Islands, and Tonga, and previously also as a national holiday in Papua New Guinea and Samoa.
How do Australians pay their respects all over the country?
Dawn service. Many Aussies get up before the dawn and go to nearest ceremonies.
It is partially because the Gallipoli Battle happened around this time a day and partially because this is how the soldiers and veterans were honouring the fallen by two minutes of silence at dawn.
This was in later years taken over by public and resulted in multiple open ceremonies held all over the country.
I went to not so crowded service in Burleigh.
I was very moved by the ceremony and sadly it made me realise of how little I know about history of my own country. I need to work on that soon !
Here’s a youtube vid of one of the Dawn Services held in Currumbin couple of years ago.