Thursday 26th January, known to millions across Oz as Australia Day.. Loved for the fact that its one of Oz's Public Holidays. Known to some Aussies as Invasion Day or Survival Day...
AustraliaDay.com.au has this to say:
From the earliest white settlement at the end of the 18th century, Australians have striven to celebrate a national
day, and in so doing, define what it means to be Australian. January 26 has traditionally marked the landing of Captain
Arthur Phillip at Port Jackson in present-day Sydney, thereby claiming Australia for the British Empire. [...]
Though it has often been criticised, it remains the most inclusive celebration of a national day in Australia [...] Whereas once it celebrated the staunchly British nature of Australian society (or was
disparaged for this approach), it now embraces multicultural Australia, including all ethnic backgrounds, racial
differences and political viewpoints.