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Running head: AUSTRALIA AND THE WORLD Does this day provide a unifying force for all Australians? Name Institutional Affiliation 1
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AUSTRALIA AND THE WORLD Does this day provide a unifying force for all Australians? Introduction Australia ought to celebrate the Australia Day on every January 26. This means Australians have the right to celebrate this day. To be precise, the day is sometimes referred to as the invasion day or the day of mourning (Day & Lohse, 2016). It is a day in which several Aboriginal Australians were killed as well as deprived of their diversity and land (Cervone, 2012). On the other hand, it is a day that the Aborigines survived regardless the kinds of hardships they faced. The day is symbolic since it marks the anniversary of the first arrival of convict ships from Britain. To other citizens, the day symbolizes reconciliation between Aboriginal and European Australians (Cunxin, 2015). While to others, it is a day in which the Union Jack was raised on the Aboriginal soils. A continual celebration of this day year after year expresses the unique culture of the Aborigines. This clearly shows that day has a unifying force for Australian citizens. In addition, the day is for Europeans, Aborigines, new citizens, and different people from unique backgrounds around the globe. They celebrate on this day to express the country’s freedom and many achievements it has attained so far. Such celebrations are meant to show that Australia is an equal State to all of its citizens. In addition, they present an avenue through which Aborigines are apologized for what they went through in the year 1788. All these show that the day fosters unity for Australians. Australia Day as a Unifying Force Cultures Aboriginal Australians adopt a traditional way of life, and they live around other citizens. Even though they speak in their traditional dialects, some of them are learning different traditional languages in schools across Australia (Australia, 2013). This is a clear indication that the Aboriginal Australians have not done away with their traditional languages (Cunxin, 2015). However, it has led to the development of an “inequality
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