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Anzac Day - April 25
Thu, Apr 25, 2024

Anzac Day

Anzac Day is an annual Australian holiday. It is celebrated on April 25. It is dedicated to the army corps of Australia and New Zealand (Anzac for short), which took part in the hostilities of 1914-1917. The holiday has a patriotic orientation, and is intended to honor soldiers who died in battle.

History

The history of Anzac Day goes back to 1916, when the initiative to establish this day was made by the then interim Prime Minister of Australia D. Pierce. Over time, the holiday acquired a national character.

The date chosen as the day of celebration was the landing of Allied troops on the Turkish peninsula of Gallipoli, which took place on April 25, 1915. Virtually one-third of the 70,000-strong force was Anzac soldiers. The operation had to be carried out quickly. The ultimate goal was to deprive the Turkish army of military power, but the mission dragged on for eight months. The troops had to retreat in 1915. Despite the negative outcome, every Anzac soldier showed bravery and courage and is worthy of memory centuries later.

Interesting facts

  • The total loss of Anzac soldiers was more than 10,000 men.
  • The first celebrations of the day were also aimed at raising funds for the treatment of crippled soldiers of the two countries in the war.
  • The participation of Australian and New Zealand soldiers in the war became necessary when Britain declared war on the Germans in 1915, for they were part of the British Empire.

How to celebrate

Study more information about the military mission at Gallipoli, listen to lectures on history. Watch documentaries. Greet your Australian and New Zealand acquaintances on this day, if you have any.

Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Let more people know about it.

When Anzac Day celebrated in 2024?

Anzac Day is observed on April 25 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday April 25 2024
Friday April 25 2025

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