Originally Posted by Cordel
That is very interesting. I think we have a similar number of days, and share the Queen's birthday, Labour Day, Christmas and Easter. We have Canada day. Remembrance Day(much like Anzac Day, I'm sure) is not a holiday, except for Banks and Government offices, though people who choose can go to services for 11:00 AM, and everyone observes the minute of silence, even in fast food restaurants.
Ooh I forgot Rememberance Day on 11 Nov. We don't get a holiday for it but the tvs and radios give a minute's silence at 11am. Also called Poppy Day. Most people observe the minute's silence.
Anzac Day was initially used to acknowledge the role the Australian and New Zealand army corps played in WW1 at the battle in Gallipoli, Turkey. It has since been used to celebrate all our fallen and returned war heroes/veterans from all wars that we have been involved in. We have dawn services across the country as well as church services and parades through our cities. It is a day of national pride with more and more kids taking part.
Australia Day though is a time of concerts and fireworks and protests!