National Apology Day - February 13
Tue, Feb 13, 2024

National Apology Day

The birthplace of the holiday is Australia. National Apology Day is celebrated annually on February 13. On this day, it is customary to apologize to children who have become victims of discrimination and have found themselves away from their parents. The new leader gave words to prevent such terror in the future and made every effort to keep the promise.


Past government policies have been too harsh towards the indigenous population. They had to constantly suffer from discrimination. People didn’t have the right to vote. They were forced to endure violence and separation from their families. Despite numerous protests, the lawlessness continued for several years.

In February 2008, Kevin Rudd, who was appointed prime minister, for the first time in the history of the state, officially apologized to all those affected. Thousands of Australians dreamed of hearing these words. For them, this day was decisive. He allowed us to believe in the fairness of the new leadership. Rudd promised to provide funding for rehabilitation.

According to statistics, about 30% of children were regularly abused. They were separated from their families and survived in almost unbearable conditions.

Interesting facts

  • In 2000, a film called Stolen Generations was released. Children took part in it, who miraculously managed to stay alive. They tell about the most difficult events of their youth, which left a mark on their fate.
  • The first celebration took place in 1998.
  • Australians refused to accept the fact that the government simply turned a blind eye to what was happening. Thousands of protesters climbed the Harbour Bridge to express their displeasure and make them see the harsh truth.
  • The day for the holiday was not chosen by chance. It was on February 13 that the Prime Minister delivered his legendary speech.

How to celebrate

There is no reason to learn more about the history of other countries. It is enough to choose an article of interest on the Internet or watch a documentary to begin to understand the chosen topic. This holiday allows you to look inside the problem and learn the cruel truth about the events of that time. The Australian Government sought reconciliation. It wanted that such mistakes would not be made again. That is why people should not remain indifferent.

When is National Apology Day celebrated in 2024?

National Apology Day is observed on February 13 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday February 13 2024
Thursday February 13 2025
Friday February 13 2026
Saturday February 13 2027

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