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2017 National NAIDOC Theme. 2017 National NAIDOC Theme - Our Languages Matter The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017.

2017 National NAIDOC Theme

The 2017 theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song. Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds. Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on. The host city for the 2017 National NAIDOC Awards is Cairns, Queensland. Celebrations and traditions - ABC online education. Christmas season celebrations in Australia.

Violet Teague (1872-1951), Adoration of Shepherds, 1931, oil on canvas.

Christmas season celebrations in Australia

Photograph by Colin Holden. Image courtesy of Anglican Church of Australia Archive. Christmas is celebrated in many parts of the world on 25 December. Protestant and Roman Catholic churches hold Christmas Day services on 25 December. The Eastern churches – the Ethiopian Orthodox church, Russian Orthodox church and the Armenian church – celebrate Christmas on 6 or 7 January. Festivals in Australia. Perth Festival event at Cottesloe Beach.

Festivals in Australia

Image by Kathryn Wells. Festivals have become ubiquitous in Australia, with hundreds held each year. Some are as small as the community-based Apollo Bay Music Festival and Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival, while others, such as the Falls Festival and Woodford Folk Festival, are able to bring international performers to Australian audiences and showcase Australian works. Arts and cultural festivals Each capital city has a festival.

Sydney Festival (January) Each year the Sydney Festival offers a rich and diverse program spanning all art forms and including dance, theatre, music, visual arts, film, forums and large-scale free outdoor events. National Multicultural Festival, Canberra (February) The National Multicultural Festival is held over four days and features the very best in local, national and international music, dance, food and creative arts. Perth International Arts Festival (February–March) NSW_public_holidays. Section 4 of the Public Holidays Act 2010 (the Act) declares the standard public holidays that apply in NSW.


On 31 December 2011 the section was amended pursuant to Schedule 2.2 of the Act to declare the following standard public holidays for NSW which will operate from January 2012 onwards: New Year’s Day – 1 January New Year’s Day is a national public holiday. Celebrations commence in most capital cities on 31st December, with festivities and fireworks at midnight to welcome in the New Year. In NSW when New Year’s Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday is declared a public holiday. New Year’s Day is not a restricted shop trading day in NSW. Australia Day – 26 January Australia Day is a national holiday that is held on 26 January each year. This public holiday recognises the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, a group of 11 ships that sailed from England to establish a colony in Australia. Australia Day is not a restricted shop trading day in NSW. National symbols. Australian National Flag and Other Flags of Australia.

Australian National Flag The National Flag of Australia contains three elements: The British Union Jack on a blue field - reflecting the historical origins of the Australian flag, The Southern Cross - reflecting Australia's geographic position in the Southern Hemisphere, and A seven pointed star - representing the Federation of six states, with an additional point to represent the territories collectively.

Australian National Flag and Other Flags of Australia

In addition to the Australian National Flag, there are several other flags used by the Australian Defence Forces and Commonwealth Government agencies. The Australian Army does not have a separate flag, but uses the Australian National Flag. Heritage. Learning areas History Year 3 The role that people of diverse backgrounds have played in the development and character of the local community.


(ACHHK062)Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, Anzac Day, Harmony Week, National Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC week and National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems.