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National events

Find information about some of Australia's national events such as Anzac Day and the Melbourne Cup.

100 Years of Anzac

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Education and community awareness for the Anzac Centenary, commemorating more than a century of service by Australian servicemen and women. Includes veterans' stories, information for teachers and students and a search for community events.

Department of Veterans' Affairs

ANZAC Day

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An article about why Australians and New Zealanders commemorate ANZAC Day on 25 April each year. The article looks at the origin of ANZAC Day services, the spirit of ANZAC and the ANZAC legend. Links to relevant online resources are provided.

Anzac Day and Remembrance Day commemorative events

Provides general information about Anzac Day and Remembrance Day commemorative events as well as information about ceremonies and education resources and activities.

Department of Veterans' Affairs

Anzac Day commemoration

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Find out about what's going on around Australia on Anzac Day, including the Dawn Service, the National Anzac Day Ceremony in Canberra, and other commemorative activities around the nation.

Australian War Memorial

Australia Day

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Australia Day, January 26, is the biggest day of celebration in the country and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories. People come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian.
More: History, ceremonies, reconciliation

National Australia Day Council

Festivals in Australia

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Festivals have become ubiquitous in Australia, with hundreds held each year. From arts and cultural festivals to independent festivals, film festivals, writers' festivals, jazz festivals and folk festivals. Links to online resources are provided.

Melbourne Cup

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Melbourne Cup Day is Australia's most famous Tuesday. It's a day when the nation stops whatever it's doing to listen to the race call. At 3.10pm AEST, on the first Tuesday in November, Australians everywhere stop for the Melbourne Cup.