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Should Australia have a Thanksgiving Day?

November 28, 2017
Should Australia have a Thanksgiving Day?

Should Australia have a Thanksgiving Day?

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?


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  • Reply Christie Hawkes November 28, 2017 at 06:15

    One of the things I’m grateful for is the friends I’ve made around the world through blogging and the different cultures I’ve been introduced to. While I hope we all experience and express gratitude every day, having a Thanksgiving holiday is a wonderful opportunity to really focus on the many good things in our lives and, of course, to spend time with loved ones eating delicious food!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 28, 2017 at 08:18

      Hi Christie! I think a Thanksgiving day is a great idea to really make everyone focus on all the good in our lives. As I wrote, our Australia Day is becoming more ‘political’ so it would be great to have a special day for all Australians to join together. Have a great week! xx

  • Reply Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid November 28, 2017 at 15:28

    Sure, I think you all should have your very own day to celebrate what you’re thankful for.

    Speaking of our Thanksgiving here in the US, we were taught in school that it began with the pilgrims who had fled from England who feasted with the Native Americans for a good harvest at Plymouth Rock. That’s all good and well, however, in my opinion that led to the land being taken over and the natives being overrun. It’s really a sad story when you think about it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 28, 2017 at 16:26

      Yes that is why we have problems with Australia Day, Dee. The Aborigines feel that it was invasion day for them so not everyone is happy to celebrate. If we had a separate day I’m sure it would help reconciliation.

  • Reply Debbie Harris November 28, 2017 at 16:48

    Your idea has some merit Sue, although getting everyone to agree on a day would be the hardest part!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 29, 2017 at 05:53

      I know, I think I’m dreaming Debbie but I get quite upset that Australia Day (which I enjoy) is becoming so political. 🙁

  • Reply Leanne | November 28, 2017 at 17:33

    How about we toss out copying Halloween and swap it for Thanksgiving? If we’re going to Americanize ourselves (which we’ve been doing more and more of in the last decade or two) why not get rid or ghouls and children begging for lollies and egging houses and swap it for a day where we show some gratitude? And maybe Australia Day could be about celebrating living in Australia – rather than about who settled the country? That’s just my two cents worth……wait! we don’t have two cents any more – maybe it’s my five cents worth 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 29, 2017 at 05:55

      Agree Leanne, I’m not a big Halloween fan and luckily we don’t have many kids living in our area. I don’t mean to Americanize that is the last thing I want, however, Australia Day is becoming so political and I just think a day where we all give thanks and can be grateful for what we do have would be a much happier and more inclusive time. I totally agree with you about Australia Day and celebrating living in Australia but unfortunately it seems to be such a hot topic and people want to change it. 🙁

  • Reply Laurie Stone November 29, 2017 at 07:28

    Sue, One of the nice things about our Thanksgiving in the US, is it focuses on the native Americans who helped our first settlers. Maybe your Thanksgiving can be about celebrating your native people. I understand their feelings about Invasion Day. I’m sure our native Indians feel the same.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 30, 2017 at 05:39

      Hi Laurie our Australia Day celebrations are becoming more political and divisive each year. Having a separate day to just unite and give thanks would help reconciliation I believe. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day.

  • Reply Janet Givens January 15, 2019 at 12:57

    Greetings from the US where we are all relearning our own Thanksgiving story. I’m all for expanding Thanksgiving around the world. Do be careful when you schedule it. I wish we could change the date of ours. I’d move it early in the Autumn: late September, early October. It could replace our “Columbus Day” which is gradually giving way to “Indigenous People’s Day” — we too have a bloodied history. Good luck. (I’m trying to do away with Daylight Savings Time through my blog. Just call me Sisyphus).

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 15, 2019 at 19:48

      Hello Janet in the US! Our Australia Day is on 26th January although the Indigenous people now refer to it as Invasion Day and there is a movement growing to change the date and name. It is certainly a ‘touchy’ subject and as usual not everyone will be pleased with the outcome. It is lovely to connect with you and I look forward to following your blog in 2019. xx

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee March 18, 2020 at 09:40

    I think it would be good to have a similar thing, but maybe more in line with the Finnish Valentines Day where you celebrate your friends, or a neighbours day or something like that. More of a celebrate your community day. #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 20, 2020 at 15:23

      That is a great idea Lydia! I love the idea of celebrate your community day although at the moment that might be a little way off due to self isolation. Take care and thanks for stopping by. x

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