Many of my readers are from the USA and so I received many good wishes for Thanksgiving Day. However, in Australia we don’t have a ‘thanksgiving’ day and I wondered if it was time to introduce one of our own.
Yes, we have Australia Day on 26th January, however there is much controversy around this day now. Our Indigenous community and others refer to it as Invasion Day when Captain Philip landed at Sydney Cove and declared this land as a British nation. You can click here if you would like to read more about Australia Day and what it means to all Australian.
As Australia becomes more multi-cultural, traditions are changing. What once was a holiday to celebrate being an ‘Aussie’ is now a holiday which is dividing the nation. Australia Day is also a day when Australian citizenship ceremonies are held. Some local councils have wanted to change this so as not to offend members of the community.
My solution? Well, I don’t have one really for the Australia Day debate and I’m not one who likes to discuss politics generally. However, why not select a date for a Thanksgiving Day?
Should Australia have a Thanksgiving Day?
I’ve had the focus this month on Gratitude and Thanksgiving with guest writers taking part in The Gratitude Series.
Introduce an all-inclusive Thanksgiving day for the nation to come together, put aside our differences, backgrounds and beliefs and focus on what we have in our lives that is good and positive – to give thanks.
I do know that I am proud to be an Australian and feel fortunate to live in such a beautiful, diverse and free country. I have travelled the world and still think that Australia is one of the best countries to live.
Celebrating a Thanksgiving Day could encompass all the different cultures and traditions that now make up the Australia of the 21st Century. A new tradition for all where the focus is on personal thanks and gratitude.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Australia should have a Thanksgiving day?