It's officially known as Australia Day!
It's special for its meaning. First fleet arrived at Sydney Cove in 1788. Special for the coincidence (or by some strategic alignment of the stars) that it falls on the same day as Indian Republic Day.
Because it truly denotes the Australian spirit of enjoying, being merry and really living in the beauty of the water and nature.
Water, surfing, havaianas, swimming, beaches, sand are so iconic to Australian living.
So what better way to celebrate this special day than heading out in the water ?! That's what millions of people did today in Australia.
I often feel that many Australians have a cultural understanding of enjoying 'little pleasures' in life which is absolutely invigorating. There was something magical in the air !
Also, on this day, so many immigrants like myself make Australia their home for rest of their lives in the Citizenship ceremony in all the capital cities.
It truly is a day to give fellow Australian a hug ! And personally it's a day when I say "Thanks" to Australia for giving me the beautiful life and peace of mind and making me a part of you.