Australia Day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney Cove in 1788 and the proclamation of British sovereignty over Australia, then known as New Holland.
Although the date of Australia Day is 26 January, in NSW when Australia Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, there is no public holiday on that day and instead the following Monday is declared a public holiday. Hence Oz Day is actually tomorrow but will be celebrated the following Monday, unlike Anzac Day, which is celebrated on the day on which it falls.
Despite all the hoo ha in the media about Oz Day celebrations, how many of us consider it JAH, Just Another Holiday? It doesn’t have the same reverence as Anzac Day and the fact that the day has become a day of mourning and protest as Invasion Day by indigenous Australians and increasing numbers of whites adds a strong negative aspect. Or maybe being cynical is a symptom of the times and I should just lighten up and enter into the spirit of it. I'll have to think about that.
For Funny Friday, here are some Oz Day cartoons that look at the day and some of its related issues...
There was a young girl from Australia
Who painted her arse like a dahlia.
The picture was fine,
And the colour divine
But the scent on the whole was a fahlia.