ANZAC Day (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) is celebrated on April 25th throughout the country of Australia. The city stops at nothing for Anzac Day. This day remembers the military troops of Australia and New Zealand who fought and sacrificed their lives during their landing in Turkey in 1915. This day commemorates the courageous soldiers and their efforts to protect both countries. It is said that over 8,000 men lost their lives during their war efforts.
This national holiday is a day to remember and to commemorate, and Sydney puts on quite the commemoration. Starting with the ANZAC Parade to kick things off, locals and visitors are welcome to join the festivities in the city centre and watch the parade. The parades starts with the march of soldiers and travels from the heart of the city to the War Memorial in Hyde Park. Red poppies are the official flower of remembrance and are seen placed upon the Memorial’s Roll of Honour. Many wear red poppies pinned to their clothing as a sign of respect.
You can participate in dawn service, a very important aspect to celebrating the holiday. The dawn service represents the partnership between the soldiers as they woke each day for another day of battle. It’s not uncommon for veterans and other family members share a gunfire breakfast (shot of rum in their coffee) in honour of the fallen soldiers. The reason behind the service at dawn is to shed light on the exact time the soldiers landed in Turkey.
The national ‘ANZAC’ biscuit was created for soldiers at war when they needed sustenance to hold up over long periods of travel. The biscuit was created and was a popular food during the war.
Many companies and businesses close for the day to pay their respects. Because it is a national holiday, many restaurants and cafes that stay open for the public in the city are required to charge a surcharge to stay open on a public holiday.
Other remembrance ceremonies are coordinated around the city, including marches and reunions. Veterans get together and hold lunches, parties, and other events to remember those who lost their lives during the historical event.
ANZAC Day is not just celebrated in Australia. There are several ceremonies, parades and events in New Zealand.
To visit Hyde Park, book our Sydney Sightseeing Tour with Sydney Harbour Cruise.