Today is Australia Day and embarrassingly if a friend in Canada had not reminded me I would probably not even have noticed. Actually it is already over in Australia which gives me a great opportunity to share some of what went on and regain my sense of patriotism – a little divided these days now that I am an American citizen too.
Not surprising considering Australia’s love of sport the top stories of the day seem to be about cricket and footy. (both Rugby League and Australian Rules)
One Day That’s Better Forgotten – but before you get too excited, this story is not about what white Australians did to aboriginals. It is about losing number one place in World Cricket.
And of course the footy news from around the world – a real Australian way to celebrate
Of course there were fireworks, which reminded me of my happy memories of watching the Sydney Harbour Bridge light up with a spectacular display. I could not find a decent video for this year’s Australia Day but here is one from New Year’s celebrations which is spectacular.
The story however that really warmed my heart was about a ceremony that was held a week before Australia Day in the far north of the country. Australia Day 2009’s special Meaning.
Australia’s indigenous and colonial past have provided a reconciliation message for a dawn ceremony celebrating the lead-up to the first Australia Day since the federal government’s historic apology to the stolen generation.
My prayer for the future is that Australia Day will produce more and more ceremonies like this and become known as a celebration of reconciliation rather than of fun and festivity