Date: 23 Jan 2020
The marking of 26 January is an important date in Australia's history and has changed over time: starting as a celebration for emancipated convicts and evolving into what is now a celebration of Australia that reflects the nation's diverse people. (https://www.australiaday.org.au). Written by Bright Horizons Senior Marketing Executive, Celia Cavanough.
As an Australian, who has now settled and had a family in England, I still like to celebrate Australia Day each year. I use this opportunity to remind my children about where I was born and brought up. One of our favourite books to read is ‘I’m Australian Too’ by acclaimed author Mem Fox, which celebrates Australia’s multi-cultural heritage.
So whether you’ve been to Australia, have family there, want to teach your children about life on the other side of the world, or just introduce a bit of fun back into January, here are my top tips for throwing an ‘Aussie celebration’:
- Turn up your radiators to make it like summer and dress in shorts and thongs (flip-flops to everyone else), or anything green and gold.
- Even though it is likely to be too cold in the UK to host a BBQ outdoors, you can still cook ‘snags on the barbie’, otherwise known as a sausage in a slice of bread with tomato ketchup (or tomato sauce to the Aussies).
- Offer a burger with pineapple, pickled beetroot and a fried egg, along with other more usual toppings of onions, lettuce, tomato and cheese. Trust me, it is delicious, an Aussie burger with the lot!
- Make your own lamingtons - sponge squares dipped in a chocolate sauce and rolled in desiccated coconut.
- Have something with Vegemite, possibly an acquired taste for many people! A tasty way is Vegemite and cheese scrolls made with puff pastry.
- Enjoy a Pavlova, a classic Australian BBQ dessert, and pile on plenty of fresh fruit.
- Make fairy bread – white bread with butter or margarine and 100’s and 1000’s sprinkled on top.
- Put some Australian music on. More than just Kylie and Jason, an option is to listen to Triple J’s Hottest 100 - an annual music listener poll hosted by the government-funded radio station, Triple J.
- Watch the classic Australian children’s movie ‘Babe’ – it may be quite a few years old but it has aged well and can be enjoyed by all ages.
- Speak like an Australian and use some of the following phrases:
- G’Day – Hello
- Fair dinkum – True, genuine
- Hooroo – Goodbye
- You little ripper! – Exclamation of delight or as a reaction to good news
- Bonzer – Good (“you’ve done a bonzer job”)
As an Australian, I also wanted to acknowledge all the families and communities affected by the devastating bushfires happening in my country right now, along with all the wildlife that has been lost.