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ANZAC Day in Australia

ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day is the anniversary of the landing of troops from Australia and New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, in World War I on April 25, 1915. The bravery of all military personnel who participated in this campaign and the lives of those who died in all military actions are remembered.

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ANZAC Square in Brisbane, Australia features the eternal flame and is dedicated to Australia's military heritage.
ANZAC Square in Brisbane, Australia features the eternal flame and is dedicated to Australia's military heritage.
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Celebrate ANZAC Day

Many ceremonies, parades and other activities are held on ANZAC Day to remember the lives of those who participated or died in military action, particularly on the Gallipoli Peninsula in World War I. Dawn prayer or church services are a particularly important aspect of ANZAC Day. These represent the comradeship that the soldiers experienced as they rose each morning to prepare for another day of military action. After the services, gunfire breakfast (coffee with rum in it) is often served.

In major cities and many smaller towns, parades, marches and reunions of current and past military personnel and memorial services are held. The fourth stanza or verse of a well-ßknown poem, known as The Ode, is read aloud at many ceremonies. The poem is called "For The Fallen" and was written by Laurence Binyon in 1914. It commemorates those who died and can never grow old.

Public Life

ANZAC Day is on April 25 and is celebrated Australia-wide. However, holiday arrangements vary in states and territories. If April 25 is on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday is a day off for most Australians in:

If April 25 falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is a day off for:

There is no day in lieu when ANZAC Day falls on a weekend (although there may be substitution arrangements in some cases) for:

Some remembrance ceremonies occur on April 25, regardless of the day of the week. In many areas, large retail outlets, including supermarkets, department stores and shops in designated shopping areas, are closed all day. Some small stores and those supplying building materials and motor vehicle parts and accessories are open from noon.

Many public transport systems operate a normal, weekend or reduced service depending on the location. Some public transport services do not run on ANZAC Day, while extra services may be provided around special events, such as the parades. It is wise to check the appropriate timetables carefully if you need to travel on ANZAC Day. There may be some disruption to traffic, particularly around parades and ceremonies.

About ANZAC Day

In the early months of 1915, World War I was raging in most of Europe, including the Ottoman empire in the geographical area that is now Turkey. Russian troops were fighting on many fronts, particularly against troops from Germany and the Ottoman and Austro -Hungarian empires. At dawn on April 25, 1915, forces from France, Great Britain and the British Empire, including Australia and New Zealand, landed at a number of places on the Gallipoli peninsula. The campaign aimed to open up new fronts for the Allied forces and a trade route to Russia.

In the ensuing battle, many lives were lost on both sides and the Allied forces did not succeed in opening a trade route to Russia. The last ANZAC forces withdrew from the Gallipoli Peninsula by December 20, 1915, in a successful operation with very few casualties. In spite of their losses, the ANZAC servicemen and many Australians and New Zealanders saw this battle as the start of the ANZAC spirit. This is an Australasian ideal based on the "mateship" and cheerful suffering the forces showed during this campaign

ANZAC Day is also a public holiday and day of remembrance in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tonga. It is also commemorated with special services and events on or around April 25 in a range of countries across the globe. These include: the United Kingdom, France, Turkey, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Canada and the United States (including Hawaii).

Note: Although ANZAC Day is on April 25, some states and territories have their own holiday arrangements for this day.

ANZAC Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
SunApr 252010ANZAC DayNational HolidayChristmas Island, Cocos and Keeling Islands, Heard and McDonald Islands, Norfolk Island, Tas, Vic
MonApr 262010ANZAC DayNational HolidayACT, NSW, NT, Qld, SA, WA
MonApr 252011ANZAC DayNational HolidayAll
WedApr 252012ANZAC DayNational HolidayAll
ThuApr 252013ANZAC DayNational HolidayAll
FriApr 252014ANZAC DayNational HolidayAll
SatApr 252015ANZAC DayNational HolidayAll except ACT, WA
MonApr 272015ANZAC DayNational HolidayAustralian Capital Territory, Western Australia
MonApr 252016ANZAC DayNational HolidayAll
TueApr 252017ANZAC DayNational HolidayAll
WedApr 252018ANZAC DayNational HolidayAll
ThuApr 252019ANZAC DayNational HolidayAll
SatApr 252020ANZAC DayNational HolidayAll except ACT, WA
MonApr 272020ANZAC DayNational HolidayAustralian Capital Territory, Western Australia

Quick Facts

ANZAC Day is the anniversary of the landing of troops from Australia and New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey during in World War I.

ANZAC Day 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

ANZAC Day 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
ANZAC DayEnglish
ANZAC DayGerman

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in April 2016 in Australia

United Nation Holiday on April 25, 2016

Fun Holiday on April 25, 2016

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