Public Holiday 2010 2011 Purpose
New Year’s Day Friday 1 January Saturday 1 January
Australia Day Tuesday 26 January Wednesday 26 January The celebration of the inauguration of Australia as an independent nation.
Labour Day Monday 8 March Monday 14 March Celebration of the introduction of the 40 hour week – Ironically, most blue-collar industries work on this day.
Good Friday Friday 2 April Friday 22 April Christian holiday – Crucifixion of Christ
The Saturday before Easter Sunday Saturday 3 April Saturday 24 April This has no religious significance, apart from the Australian fondness for holidays.
Easter Monday Monday 5 April Monday 25 April Resurrection of Christ was yesterday (Easter Sunday), so the weekend is stretched out.
ANZAC Day Monday 26 April Tuesday 26 April (a day in Lieu as Easter Monday falls on the traditional Anzac Day in 2011) Acronym for Australia New Zealand Army Corps. ANZAC Day celebrates Australia´s participation in World War II.
Queen’s Birthday Monday 14 June Monday 13 June Although Australia is essentially a Republic, they still take a day off to celebrate Lizzie´s birthday.
Melbourne Cup Day Tuesday 2 November Tuesday 3 November If you never gamble otherwise, you need to put a bet on one of the horses running in the Melbourne Cup. Also break out the pretty dresses and champagne.
Christmas Day Monday 27 December (a day in lieu as Christmas falls on a weekend in 2010) Monday 26 December (a day in lieu as Christmas falls on a weekend in 2011) Christian Holiday – Birth of Christ
Boxing Day Sunday 26 Dec &
Tuesday 28 December
Tuesday 27 December (a day in lieu as Boxing Day Monday Holiday falls on Christmas day in lieu in 2011) The day after Christmas is a holiday – traditionally a time to go to the cricket, or head to the post-Christmas sales for bargains. The name either comes from the boxing matches traditionally held on this day, or the habit of boxing up unwanted gifts for exchange.
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