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Australia Day Celebrations

One of the country’s most iconic celebrations, Australia Day, is celebrated every year on the 26th of January. It is the day where Australians from all walks of life are drawn together to celebrate how lucky we are to live in one of the most beautiful and unique countries on earth. It is the biggest nationwide public holiday and is celebrated across the country. There are no hard and fast rules on how to celebrate the day but it is great if you feel like participating any way you can. Australia Day is also a time to show some Aussie pride with themed barbecues, street parties and picnics as fabulous ways to be involved.

It’s the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation.

If you’re trying to decide exactly how you will celebrate this iconic day, we’ve created a to-do list of all the ways to show off your Aussie pride.

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Step 1: Decide how you’d like to celebrate.

Whether you are heading to an official event, hanging by the pool with friends or attending a family function, there are endless ways to join in on the fun and celebrate. Whatever it is, this day is the perfect day to get together with family and friends!

Different ideas include:

  • Attending an official event (concerts, award ceremonies, fireworks, parades etc.).
  • Attending a local event (regattas, community barbecues, sausage sizzles, face painting, musical events etc.).
  • Holding a party or barbeque at home.
  • Going to the pub for celebratory drinks.
  • Having a celebration at work.
  • Spend time at the beach or pool cooling down. Host a Beach/Pool Party.
  • Visit museums and learn about Australia’s history.

Step 2: Dress up in Aussie colours.

There’s no better way to show off your Aussie pride than by dressing up in an assortment of nation celebrated colours. From face painted flags, to temporary tattoos and swimwear there are so many different styles and colours no matter where you are going!

You could dress up in these colour schemes:

  • Red, white and blue to reflect the flag
  • Wattle yellow and eucalyptus green reflecting past colour schemes and colours of the land
  • The colours of the Aboriginal flag – black, red (ochre) and yellow

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Step 3: Watch the fireworks.

One of the best things about Australia Day is the amazing selection of firework shows you can see with friends and families. Most inner cities suburbs and towns have great locations for you to sit back and enjoy a spectacular evening of colourful fireworks and not to mention, provide you the opportunity to bask in some relaxed and low key fun. Simply grab a blanket, a picnic basket, some food and drinks and head out at a reasonable hour to get a good vantage point.

Step 5: Fly the Australian flag.

There’s nothing more Australian than showing off the Australian flag. Whether seen hanging from your car, on your front yard or across your swimmers, womens dress or t-shirt.

Step 6: Make Australian food. Host an Australian BBQ and Lamb it up.

We hosted a BBQ at AlibiOnline for Australia day and used Chicken and Lamb Backstraps.

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Recipe: Moroccan Rub Lamb

Ingredients:

  • 6 lamb backstraps or chops
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin (a palm full)
  • 2 tsps ground turmeric (eyeball it)
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika (1/3 palm full)
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 lemon (wedged)

Method:

Rub over meat til fully covered, and throw onto the Barbeque. Enjoy!

Another great must-have Australian food is a classic Pavlova with loads of fresh fruit for desert.

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Recipe: Pavlova

Ingredients

  • 6 (59g) eggs, separated
  • 1 1/4 cups (270g) caster sugar
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300ml thickened cream
  • 2 tbs icing sugar mixture, sifted
  • Finely shredded rind and juice of 2 limes
  • 2 Lady finger bananas, thinly sliced diagonally
  • 3 golden kiwifruit, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 2 starfruit, thinly sliced
  • Pulp of 2-3 passionfruit

Method:

Step 1

Preheat oven to 120°C. Line an oven tray with foil. Brush with melted butter and dust with cornflour, shaking off excess. Mark a 24cm-diameter circle on foil.

Step 2

Use an electric mixer to whisk egg whites in a clean dry bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition, until meringue is thick and glossy and sugar dissolved. Rub a little meringue between fingers. If still “gritty” with sugar, continue to whisk until sugar dissolves. Add cornflour, vinegar and vanilla and whisk until just combined. Spoon meringue onto the foil, using the marked circle as a guide. Smooth sides and top of pavlova. Use a small spatula to forms little peaks around edge of pavlova. Bake in oven for 11/2 hours or until pavlova is dry to the touch. Turn off oven. Leave pavlova in oven with the door ajar to cool completely. When completely cold, transfer to serving plate or store in an airtight container until required.

Step 3

Use an electric mixer to whisk the cream and icing sugar in a medium bowl until firm peaks form. Spoon cream onto the top of pavlova. Pour lime juice into a ceramic or glass bowl. Add banana slices and toss to coat with juice. Drain. Decorate pavlova with banana, kiwifruit, starfruit, passionfruit and lime rind.

Step 7: Get into sport.

This summer is all about the cricket and tennis. Celebrate by heading to a game with mates or relaxing by the TV with a beer and friends by night.