Australia Public Holidays 2013 Calendar

Officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, Australia consists of the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific oceans. On January 1st 1901 the six self governing colonies adopted the Constitution of Australia and came together to form one nation and collectively became the Commonwealth of Australia. Australia too has its own public holidays, some of which are typically Australian. Here is a list of Australia public holidays for 2013.

New Years Day 2013, January 1st

This is the first day of the calendar year and is celebrated as a holiday like it is in most parts of the world.

Australia Day 2013, January 26th

This holiday is in celebration of the day when Captain Arthur Phillip became the first governor of Australia in 1788. This day was also known as Foundation Day and in 1946 the Commonwealth government and the territories and states agreed to have this day as a public holiday.

Good Friday 2013, March 29th

This is the Friday before Easter Sunday and it commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and is observed as a holiday like in many parts of the world.

Easter Monday 2013, April 1st

This is an internationally observed holiday in many countries. It is a Christian holiday celebrated the day after Easter Sunday.

ANZAC Day 2013, April 25th

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. This day marks the anniversary of the first key action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces in World War I. It is one of the most important national holidays. On this day commemorative ceremonies are held at war memorials around the country.

Queen’s Birthday 2013, June 10th

This holiday celebrates the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, who is also the Queen of Australia and New Zealand. This holiday also marks the start of the Ski season.

Labour Day 2013, October 7th

This holiday was formally called ‘The Eight Hours Day’. It is in honour of the achievements of the labour movement to implement the eight hour work day in the middle of the nineteenth century.

Christmas Day 2013, December 25th

This holiday is celebrated as the birth of Jesus Christ and it is a holiday that is celebrated all over the world.

Boxing Day 2013, December 26th

This holiday is celebrated on December 26th but is moved to and celebrated on the next week day if 26th happens to be a Saturday or Sunday. This holiday has its traditions set in England where it has been celebrated as a holiday since the middle ages.

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