ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. This day celebrates when the troops landed in Turkey during World War I. It's to celebrate the bravery of all the soldiers who lived, and honor those who died. It's a way to ensure their actions will always be remembered.
Upcoming Dates For ANAZC Day
The date for observing ANZAC day is always April 25. However, there are some territories that choose to celebrate the holiday on another date. Here is a list of the upcoming ANZAC dates, and where they will be celebrated:
- Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - National Holiday; All
- Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - National Holiday; All
- Thursday, April 26, 2019 - National Holiday; All
- Saturday, April 25, 2020 - National Holiday; All - except Australia Capital Territory, Western Australia
- Monday, April 27, 2020 - National Holiday; Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia
- Sunday, April 25, 2021 - National Holiday; Christmas Island, Cocos and Keeling Islands, Heard and McDonald Islands, Norfolk Island, Tas, Vic
- Monday, April 26, 2021 - National Holiday; ACT, NSW, NT, Qld, SA, WA
- Monday, April 25, 2022 - National Holiday; All
- Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - National Holiday; All
- Thursday, April 25, 2024 - National Holiday; All
- Friday, April 25, 2025 - National Holiday; All
Where Is ANZAC Day Considered A Holiday?
ANZAC Day is considered a holiday everywhere in Australia. It is always on April 25th. However, different territories prefer to observe the festivities on another day. During ANZAC Day, most businesses will be closed for observation. There will be no school for children and many shops will also be close. Public transportation will be limited, as well. So, if you're holiday planning involves traveling, make sure that you're making the right arrangements.
Festivities & Events During ANZAC Day
Ceremonies are often held to remember the lives of those who were lost. An important part of ANZAC day celebrations is the church services. In the bigger cities and territories, parades are held. There are marches and people chanting and singing in unison. There is a popular stanza read aloud in front of a crowd to show appreciation. Along with honoring the decreased, ANZAC day also honors everyone who served. It celebrates unity and bravery, above all else. The most fitting way to observe ANZAC day would be a stroll down to see the monuments erected for the soldiers who so bravely lost their lives. It would be a good chance to visit local museums as well. If you're the artistic type, another great way to celebrate ANZAC day would be to create a piece of literature or art to illustrate how you feel about the holiday.
A Brief History Of ANZAC Day
The holiday started unofficially when the landing took place in 1915. The day was declared a half day and services were held for those soldiers who had fallen. The following year, April 25 was declared ANZAC day. It was celebrated in remembrance with parades and festivals. Every year since, there has been a great celebration to recognize the efforts of the soldiers.