Find out what your neighbours are celebrating in July
Australians love a good party and who needs a reason to celebrate, yet celebrate events we do! As a community we are made up of a wide variety of multicultural experiences and we have a fascination with other people's experiences and rituals.
Almost every day of the year one of our cultures has something to celebrate and how much richer our experiences may be if we embrace these customs along with our own.
I do not profess to know all of them around Australia and I have compiled this basic list just to get us started. But I would love you to add in your thoughts and comments of other rituals and celebrations that you know of which might be of interest to our readers.
A flag raising ceremony was held outside the National offices of the Department of immigration and Citizenship. NAIDOC week is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields. *Image: Wikimedia commons, author: russavia
Here are some of the unique celebrations that take place within Australia each month and the original community or country which they originated from.
The dates listed are relevant for 2013 although for future years the dates may vary for each event this list should remain fairly accurate with varying dates in future years from this time.
Date / Event / Country Celebration is from, for 1 National Day Burundi 1 Canada Day Canada 1 Coming of the Light Festival Indigenous Australians (always wonderful to honour the original inhabitants of this great land we now call home) 3 National Day Belarus 4 Independence Day United States of America (raise the red, white & blue flag!)
5 National Day Cape Verde
5 Liberation Day Rwanda
5 National Day Venezuela
6 National Day Comoros
6 National Day Malawi
6 Dali Lama's Birthday (Take a moment to connect & find inner peace)
6 Tartan Day Festival
7 National Day Solomon Islands
7 NAIDOC Week (Indigenous Australians)
7 NAIDOC Week (to 14 July) Australia (the image above of the flag was raised to celebrate this event)
9 Martyrdom of the Báb Baha'i
9 Independence Day South Sudan
9 Ramadan begins Islamic
10 Independence Day Bahamas
11 Anniversary of Mongolian People's Revolution Mongolia
12 National Day Kiribati (an island nation in the central tropical Pacific Ocean)
12 National Day São Tomé and Príncipe 13 National Day Montenegro (Known as the pearl of the Mediterranean)
14 Bastille Day France (Pop the champagne)
18 Nelson Mandela's Birthday, South Africa
19 New Year's Eve Mandaean
20 New Year's Day Mandaean (The ethical system of the Mandaeans, as in that of the Zoroastrians, any ideas why their new years is in the middle of the year?)
20 National Day Colombia
21 Accession of King Leopold I (1831) Belgium
22 Asalha Puja (Dhamma) Day Buddhist (one of Theravada Buddhism's most important festivals, celebrating as it does the Buddha's first sermon)
23 Anniversary of Revolution of 23 July Egypt
26 National Day Liberia
26 National Day Maldives
26 July - 1 August Te Reo Maori Language week
28 Independence Day Peru
28 Brisbane Valley Multicultural Festival, Esk Festival
30 Throne Day Morocco
30 Independence Day Vanuatu
Do you know of some other events which are celebrated within Australia?
Please add in your thoughts and suggestions in the comments box on this article to share with us
We would love to hear of what you choose to celebrate also.