Today is Australia Day, a public holiday down here in Australia (funny that!), celebrated on the day that Captain Arthur Phillip, commander of the First Fleet of eleven convict ships from Great Britain, and the first Governor of New South Wales, arrived at Sydney Cove on 26 January and raised the Union Jack to signal the beginning of the colony.
|The Founding of Australia - Algernon Talmage|
On this day, people are naturalized (getting their Citizenship), Australians of the Year are awarded to those who have performed great services to the Community, and many community social events are organised like concerts, family events and fireworks.
|Fireworks in Perth 2005 Australia Day - image courtesy Nachoman|
Big Day Out is a huge outdoor concert held in multiple locations around the Australia Day week. It's usually packed to the rafters with good weather, and you'll find lots of young people there - controversy with drug usage and alcohol has prompted a large police presence at these events, but it doesn't seem to dampen the Aussie spirit. In Sydney, it's held on Australia Day.
Then there's always the cricket on Australia Day at the Adelaide oval (Australia Day One Day International). Which reminds me of that Telstra broadband advertisement about Australia Day and the cricket:
And what would Australia day be without an Australia Day BBQ?
|Australia Day BBQ image courtesy offthespork.com|
So how could that translate that as a holiday or a celebration in Azeroth?
I wonder whose landing on the shores of Azeroth we could celebrate. Since everyone was already here when the continent was broken... maybe Pandarians could cleebrate when they first landed in Azeroth (and then hated it so much they ran back to their island)... or they could have gotten STRANDED! Or maybe the first footsteps of the humanoid explorers of Azeroth...
Imagine if they had BBQs everywhere! Maybe you have to eat at all the alliance and horde BBQs for an achievement or quest to promote peace and coexistence.
Maybe we could go on a pilgrimage trail of the first explorers of Azeroth, planting our flag at points of historical interest.
Evening fireworks could be organised in major cities at night time.
And how cool would it be if you could make a cricket battleground LMAO! I think that would be hilarious.
And what World Event would be complete without a big monster of some sort to defeat? Maybe a giant rainbow serpent from the Dreamtime that threatens to swallow this new country....
Well to finish off this Australia Day post, I'm going to add some Azeroth to an excerpt from a very famous Australian poem written by Dorothea McKellar "My Country".
I love a sunburnt country
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!
Note: There is a lot of controversy about Australia day and the indigenous Australians, about whether that day was the day they were subjugated etc, making it more a tragic day in their history. I respect that Australia was originally their home, but I think Australia Day should be a day where all Australians can celebrate being Australian and being unified and our achievements as individuals as part of this great country.