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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

Holiday Date Country Holiday Common Observance Observance Type Religion/Belief
Yom Ha’atzmaut Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) Religious/Beliefs Judiasm & Jewish Holidays
Lag BaOmer Lag BaOmer Religious/Beliefs Judiasm & Jewish Holidays
Ascension Day Ascension Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Eid al-Fitr Eid al-Fitr Religious/Beliefs Islam / Muslim
Shavuot Shavuot Religious/Beliefs Judiasm & Jewish Holidays
Pentecost / Whit Sunday Pentecost (Whit Sunday) Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Whit Monday Whit (Pentecost) Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
National Sorry Day Popular & Widely Observed
Trinity Sunday Trinity Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Tisha B'Av Tisha B'Av Religious/Beliefs Judiasm & Jewish Holidays
Eid al-Adha Eid al-Adha Religious/Beliefs Islam / Muslim
National Schools Tree Day - AU Arbor Day / Plant a Tree Day Noteworthy & Common
Assumption of Mary Assumption Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Rosh Hashanah Rosh Hashanah Religious/Beliefs Judiasm & Jewish Holidays
Yom Kippur Yom Kippur Religious/Beliefs Judiasm & Jewish Holidays
First day of Sukkot Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Religious/Beliefs Judiasm & Jewish Holidays
Shemini Atzeret Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Religious/Beliefs Judiasm & Jewish Holidays
Simchat Torah Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Religious/Beliefs Judiasm & Jewish Holidays
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Mawlid al-Nabi - The Prophet's Birthday Mawlid al-Nabi Religious/Beliefs Islam / Muslim
All Saints' Day All Saints' Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
All Souls' Day - Day of the Dead All Souls' Day - Day of the Dead Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Hanukkah Hanukkah Religious/Beliefs Judiasm & Jewish Holidays
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Feast of the Immaculate Conception Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Christmas Eve Christmas Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Christmas Public
Christmas Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Advent Advent Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Epiphany Epiphany - Three Kings Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Tu B'Shevat Tu B'Shevat Religious/Beliefs Judiasm & Jewish Holidays
Chinese New Year Chinese New Year Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed East Asian
Isra and Mi’raj Isra and Mi’raj Religious/Beliefs Islam / Muslim
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Ash Wednesday/Carnival Ash Wednesday / Carnival Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Purim Purim Religious/Beliefs Judiasm & Jewish Holidays
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Good Friday Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity