‘Australia Day’ celebrations moved in one city, sparking debate on the date

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Australia Day, the country’s national holiday on Jan. 26 every year, has been a contentious event to celebrate from the beginning.

It marks the day in which the first European settlers arrived in Australia in 1788, but is a day of mourning for many Indigenous people. It is often referred to as Invasion Day or Survival Day due to the high number of Indigenous deaths and cultural suffering following British colonisation.

It’s why the City of Fremantle in Western Australia have moved the occasion on Jan. 28, two days after the official holiday. The city’s council said “One Day in Fremantle,” which is what the event is called, is a “culturally-inclusive alternative to traditional” celebrations. Read more…

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