This weekend puts a nice fullstop at the end of summer holidays as it’s the Australia Day Long Weekend. It’s like the last blast of squeezing everything quintessential and fun in the way of Aussie pastimes, into one weekend.
The majority of Aussies will flock to a beach if possible to celebrate all the things we love. Our beautiful pristine beaches (even if they will be a little crowded on Australia Day), having fun with family and friends, probably cooking a BBQ and enjoying other favourite foods and drinks.
With the beaches crowded with every man and his dog…it really is important to try if at all possible to swim between the flags. There have been a few tragic drownings already this summer so our hero Life Savers will be out in force. This is especially so if we are to swelter through more of the heatwaves that we have been experiencing this summer.
This week in South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide, we suffered through the hottest day EVER ON RECORD with the mercury officially reaching 46.6 Celsius. I live in a cooler climate area but at one stage my outdoor, undercover thermometer registered 47 degrees, for those using the Fahrenheit scale, that is over 116 degrees!
Official Australia Day ceremonies will take place around the country this weekend including citizenship ceremonies and Australia Day Awards. These awards recognize people from all fields of work and charity for their tireless work and services to this country. The evening will finish with fireworks to top off celebrations.
For those not flocking to a beach there will be backyard BBQ’s and get togethers with friends enjoying and thankful for our peace, freedom and lifestyle we are lucky to enjoy. One of the other popular traditions many of us love, is listening to radio station Triple J as they countdown the ‘Hottest 100’, the top voted 100 most popular songs of the past year. This takes place on Sunday 27th. Half the fun is going online beforehand and putting in your votes and then listening all day as the countdown happens and seeing amongst your family and friends who picked the right songs!
Happy Australia Day, keep safe.