Australia Day marked in Samoa

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G’DAY MATE: Tuiloma Walter Lee Imo, an Australian citizen who will today be celebrating Australia Day.

G’DAY MATE: Tuiloma Walter Lee Imo, an Australian citizen who will today be celebrating Australia Day.

Today on Australia Day, many Australians either at home or abroad will be celebrating their national day with the help of a few traditions. 

Tuiloma Walter Lee Imo of My Café grew up in Australia and spent thirty years of his life there. He is one of the Australian citizens who will today celebrate Australia Day far from the shores of his homeland. 

“I’ll get together with friends and family, and at the café probably put up an Australian flag and get a bit of Australian colour into it. Then probably get together with everyone for a barbeque tomorrow night,” he said. 

While 26 January is historically the date that the First Fleet landed in Botany Bay, we know that Indigenous people had already lived there for at least 40,000 years. 

Today Australia Day is celebrated as the national day with an emphasis on unity. 

It is a popular choice for Australian Citizenship ceremonies as well as the day we recognise our Citizens of the Year- those who have contributed greatly to our communities.

The public holiday begins with community fun runs, scattered across Australia. Here in Samoa Australian’s and non-Australian’s alike can also celebrate the day as an active community with some planning to participate in the Australia Day Swim. Held in Apia Harbour at midday there is a 2.28km, 1km and costume swim. 

The event has been organised by Events Samoa who, on their website, said that it was created in appreciation for Australian support. 

“This is our contribution to celebrating your national day in recognition of your contribution to Samoa Events.”

Not only does this event encompass that active and community spirit of Australia day, it also follows an unspoken rule for Australia Day celebrations- any gathering or celebration must be held adjacent to a body of water. The most popular by far is the beach or a pool, but if neither of these are available a blow up pool will need to be arranged. 

Beside the pool or on the beach a barbeque is the go to for catering, being frequented by meats such as prawns, shrimp, kangaroo sausages or steak and for the vegetarians haloumi or veggie patties.  This is often accompanied by barbequed vegetables, corn and potato and a selection of salads. 

For a simple but true Aussie bread you’ll need an oven or a fire to cook up a damper. 

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The day, however wouldn’t be complete without a dessert. New Zealand has tried to claim it but Pavlova is still considered an Australian national dish. This meringue-like cake is topped with cream and fresh fruits however if you’re unable to bake one of these, a fruit salad will still go down a treat.

While people swim and barbeques sizzle, some city skylines will be lit with fireworks. However the real excitement can be obtained anywhere in the world from the Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown. For some months of contemplation and discussion go into deciding their top ten votes for the best songs of the last year. Finally today Australians across the world will be unified in anticipation as they tune in to hear the results. 

Beginning at midday Australian Eastern Daylight Time or 3pm in Samoa, the Top 100 songs are revealed one at a time as they are played in reverse from one-hundred. The countdown forms the basis for Australia day parties and can be streamed live online through Triple J. This year over 2000 Hottest 100 parties have been registered in sixty-two countries around the world. 

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