Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day to my Aussie friends!

Australia Day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788. The Commonwealth of Australia was officially formed on January 1, 1901, when the colonies federated but this date is not widely known as Commonwealth Day since it is already a public holiday (New Year’s Day) and Australia Day had already been established on January 26.

Though it does not celebrate independence from Britain after a bloody war as the American national holiday does, Australia Day traditions are quite similar: barbecues, beaches, parades and fireworks. However, today I will be participating in another British/Australian tradition which I know nothing about. I will be attending a cricket match at the Adelaide Oval!

In any case, to celebrate all things Australian, I give you a commercial that will seem oddly familiar to Americans:

 Football, Meat Pies, Kangaroos and Holden cars
They go together underneath the Southern stars

 It is the Australian version of the famous American jingle by Chevrolet! (Chevrolet is called Holden in Australia.)

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet
They go together in the good ol’ USA

I hope everyone has a great Australia Day!

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I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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