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Holidays & Observances in Australia

Australia is a continent and country in the South Pacific Ocean. It is the largest island in the world, and the smallest continent in the world. Though Australia gained its independence from The United Kingdom in 1901, it still recognizes the British Queen as sovereign. As such, most holidays celebrated in Australia stem from celebrations in the United Kingdom, for instance, Australia celebrates the Queen’s Birthday on the second Monday in June. Over 50% of the Australian population identifies themselves as Christian, so Christian holidays are widely practiced throughout the country. There are also small populations of Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and Jewish Australians who celebrate their own holidays.

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Country Observances

Common Observance Country Holiday Observance Type Holiday Date
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Feast of the Immaculate Conception Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Hanukkah Hanukkah Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Christmas Christmas Eve Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Christmas Christmas National, Federal, Bank, Public
Christmas Christmas National, Federal, Bank, Public
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Epiphany - Three Kings Day Epiphany Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Chinese New Year Chinese New Year Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
National Day Australia Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
Independence Day Australia Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
Tu B'Shevat Tu B'Shevat Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Valentine's Day Valentines Day Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Ash Wednesday / Carnival Ash Wednesday/Carnival Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Canberra Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
Purim Purim Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
St. Patrick's Day St. Patrick's Day Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Harmony Day Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Isra and Mi’raj Isra and Mi’raj Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Daylight Saving Time DST ends Time Related
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Passover Passover Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Good Friday Good Friday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Holy Saturday Holy Saturday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Easter Easter Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Easter Monday Easter Monday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Yom HaShoah Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
ANZAC Day ANZAC Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) Yom Ha’atzmaut Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Mothers' Day Mothers Day Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Lag BaOmer Lag BaOmer Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Ascension Day Ascension Day Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Eid al-Fitr Eid al-Fitr Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
National Sorry Day Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Shavuot Shavuot Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Pentecost (Whit Sunday) Pentecost / Whit Sunday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Whit (Pentecost) Monday Whit Monday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Trinity Sunday Trinity Sunday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Tisha B'Av Tisha B'Av Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Eid al-Adha Eid al-Adha Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Assumption Day Assumption of Mary Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Rosh Hashanah Rosh Hashanah Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Yom Kippur Yom Kippur Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) First day of Sukkot Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Daylight Saving Time DST starts Time Related
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Shemini Atzeret Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Simchat Torah Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Mawlid al-Nabi Mawlid al-Nabi - The Prophet's Birthday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Halloween Halloween Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
All Saints' Day All Saints' Day Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
All Souls' Day - Day of the Dead All Souls' Day - Day of the Dead Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Veterans Day / Armistice Day / Remembrance Day Remembrance Day Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
Advent Advent Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs