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Wattle Day 2014, Melbourne

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Golden Wattle in full flower
Golden Wattle in full flower / Photo by Bidgee of Wikimedia Commons

The bright yellow of wattles in the National Rhododendron Garden welcome Spring as Melbourne puts away its winter cloak. Wattles, especially the Golden Wattle, have deep significance for Australia and Australians as the nation's gazetted floral emblem since 1988. They also represent home, country, kindred and love, and wattle springs were placed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott on a wreath to remember the 38 Australian citizens and residents killed in the MH17 plane tragedy.
Wattle Day Association
Photo courtesy of Wattle Day Association

In 1992, a 'National Wattle Day' was officially declared on the 1st day of September each year. On this day, Australians would wear a sprig of wattle or the country's green and gold colours and greet one another with 'Happy Wattle Day'.

As Australia Day on 26 January gains greater prominence and celebration throughout the country, Wattle Day is often forgotten. Thanks to the Victorian Folk Music Club (VFMC) and Traditional Social Dance Association of Victoria (TSDAV), you can join in their celebration of all things Australian on Wattle Day in Melbourne

Both organisations have assembled a day of traditional dance and music activities on 6 September in Ringwood East, starting with a morning of music and dancing in the street, followed by an afternoon of workshops and an evening family bush dance. Visit the VFMC website for a details programme. Here are some of the highlights of their Wattle Day celebration.

Music and dancing in the street

Wattle Day celebrations start off with some spontaneous street dancing, to the tunes of the VFMC's buskers. You are invited to join in from 11am to 12pm along Railway Avenue.
Victorian Folk Music Club
Photo courtesy of Victorian Folk Music Club

Bush dance workshop

Dancers of any level are welcomed to learn a selection of novel and fun bush dances from 1pm to 3pm in the Senior Citizens Hall for just $5.

Singing Workshop

This workshop held in the Scount Hall will offer group singing in two or more parts that are easy to learn and fun to sing from 2.30 to 3.30pm at $5 per person.

Kids and Family Entertainment

The Reserve and Community Hall will be the venue for family entertainment between 4pm to 5.15pm. There will be arts and craft, puppet show, Maypole dancing and balloon performances.

Family Bush Dance

The Senior Citizens Hall will host a bush dance for the whole family from 7.30pm to 11pm. Even adults and kids who have never done any bush dancing can join in as instructions will be provided. A light supper is included at $12 per person.
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Why? Celebrate Wattle Day with Victorian Folk Music Club and Traditional Social Dance Association of Victoria
When: 11am to 11pm
Phone: 03 9733 0802 / 03 9870 8998
Where: Ringwood East halls precinct
Cost: Free & affordable
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Maybe people would like to check out Wattle Park, corner Warrigal & Riversdale Roads. City of Whitehorse.
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