Updated: Aug 10, 2020
January 26 is Australia Day, a national holiday commemorating the arrival of the first British ships to the island in 1778. This year, it was met with a huge protest, labelled Invasion Day, Australia’s indigenous people along with a large number of non-indigenous Australians. The protesters are simply asking that the date be changed, so that the celebration could become more inclusive, a celebration of diversity rather than conquest.
The air was festive, however, and as well as a protest against a traditional holiday, it was also a celebration of indigenous culture, dignity, and pride, an authentic celebration of diversity and inclusivity, a celebration of all things indigenous in Australia, a morally uplifting and wholesome experience of redemption and revindication.