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The dos and don'ts of Anzac Day

Published April 22nd, 2016

Anzac Day is deeply embedded in Australian culture and tradition, so much that it’s an annual public holiday. It is a day where we give thanks to fallen soldiers who fought at Gallipoli in the First World War, and also for all Australian soldiers killed during active service.

Celebrated on 25 April every year in Australia and New Zealand since 1916, it’s a significant day where we pause to reflect, but also to celebrate our way of life, which has been preserved through the years by our servicemen and women.


 

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Do: Attend your local dawn service to pay your respects.

Did you know the reason the Anzac memorial service takes place at dawn is because dawn and dusk were the times that the enemy usually attacked. Soldiers learned to be prepared, rising before dawn and preparing their weapons, known as the 'stand-to'. Dawn services are held all over Australia, usually organised by the Returned Services League of Australia (RSL). Other Anzac Day traditions include wreath laying, parades and the playing of the bugle.

Do: Buy a remembrance pin.

Making this small donation is a great way to show your support and to give back to the RSL's Anzac Appeal. It won't cost you much, but every bit counts.


 

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Don't: Forget to bake or buy Anzac biscuits.

Known as the ‘army biscuit’, these oats, sugar, flour and butter delicacies were created to stay fresh for months while being shipped to soldiers serving overseas. While the war raged, groups and women’s associations back home got busy baking. By the time the Second World War arrived, refrigeration technology was advanced enough for the humble Anzac to be replaced with fruit cakes and other sweets.

Do: Play two-up.

If you’ve never been to your local pub on Anzac Day you probably haven't seen two-up in action. Basically it’s a traditional betting game involving throwing two coins into the air and calling heads, tails or odds (one of each). It also usually involves quite a lot of beer and is lots of fun. The game was played by diggers in the First World War, and is now played on Anzac Day as a form of remembrance.



Do: Spend time with friends and family.

Our ANZACS fought for us to have a free nation, so don’t take it for granted.

Do: Have a pint.

Take advantage of this opportunity to have a pint and chat about Australian war history, or take the time to read up all about what the Anzacs went through at Gallipoli. You’ll come away with a fresh appreciation for our lifestyle and opportunities today.

Don't: Forget the reason for your day off work.

It's important to enjoy your day off, but at its very essence, Anzac Day is a time of remembrance. Lest we forget.


 

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Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.