January 26th, 2015
This cute koala would like to wish everyone a Happy Australia Day! We hope you have a fantastic time with your loved ones today. Have fun and be safe, eat lots of great tucker and enjoy your day off.
Australia Day, or Straya Day as it’s becoming known more recently, is a huge celebration of this great country we live in! It’s all about having a day off to have fun with family, friends (and lots of food). It’s one day a year to take pride in Australian culture, heritage and history and to inspire our national spirit.
Big Day For Koalas Too
It’s also a big day for koala bears, especially Smiling Bear. He likes to put on his best Australia day clothing, all emblazoned with the Australia flag, grab a cold one (ginger beer that is!) and head out to see what everyone is up to.
Being an Australian icon, I get a lot of requests for koala cuddling, but of course I don't mind. It’s all part of being in my exclusive club, the Australian koala bears club, we're cute, kawaii and adorable. If you want to find out more about my cute koala plushies, see the link at the bottom of this post.
Aussie Day is the official national day of Australia and is celebrated annually on the 26th January. It marks the anniversary of the first fleet of ships arriving at Port Jackson in 1788. However, because of the negative connotations of British settlement upon indigenous Australians (known as Aboriginals) the day is now more about looking towards the future, whilst recognising cultural diversity. So, in modern times the celebrations are about community, being accepting of one another with lots of family friendly events.
Australian of the Year
There are also official award ceremonies like the Australian of the Year award (hello, where’s Smiling Bear’s?!) Young Australian of the Year (again, what about moi?!), Senior Australian of the Year (ok, I’m obviously too young and beautiful for this) and Australia’s Local Hero (I suppose I’m more of an international super hero). The announcement of the Australia Day Honours list is a big thing, and there’s a speech from the Governor General and Prime Minister, and of course there is the welcoming Australian Citizenship ceremonies for new immigrants into Australia.
What Can I do on Australia Day?
There are so many great things to do, from going to outdoor concerts, big firework displays, sporting competitions, festivals, street parties, barbecues – the options are endless! If you are looking for things to do you should take a look at the official Australia Day website here, where you can find all local events for your area. It’s also a good place to see lots of messages shared by people from all over Australia, and to see their happy Australia Day images and what they are getting up to. You will be able to find lots of things for an Australia Day for kids, as it’s such a family friendly day where everybody comes together and celebrates. Whether you’re old or young, black or white (or anything in-between) it makes no difference. The day is all about celebrating together, our multiculturalism and unity.
Sydney Australia Day celebration is recognised as the nation’s largest celebration, and once again after New Years, the harbour becomes a focus with the world famous ferry race and tall ships race. Each city or central location has its annual traditions too, with Perth Skyworks being the largest single event presentation of the day.
Official and Unofficial National Anthem – Straya
This year, in the build up to Australia Day weekend, a new National Anthem was released, (or unofficial National Anthem) called ‘Straya’. It was sung to Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’ song and it has become a viral video hit, clocking up well over 1 million video views at last look, and still climbing. It even made international news. It’s very catchy, and the accompanying video of famous Australians that has been edited together for it is great! Smiling Bear especially likes Kylie Minogue, who doesn’t like this little koala cutie?! She really is an Australian treasure, (and her sister Danii's not bad either). Check out the awesome Straya video below:
If you want to check out the cute koala plush toy 10–inch shown in the image above, then visit the Smiling Bear store.
You can also search the site for previous Australia Day posts to find more images, cards and designs to share with your mates.