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National Wattle Day is celebrated annually throughout Australia on the 1st of September. Originally dedicated to demonstrate patriotism for the formation of Australia as a post-colonial country in the 1900s before dying out around the second world war, Wattle Day was revived in the 1984 after green and gold were selected as the national colours of Australia, followed by the proclamation of golden wattle as the national floral emblem in 1988. The Wattle Day Association, founded in 1998, “promotes a new Wattle Day oriented towards the future, encompassing positive virtues in the celebration of Australia... [and adapting] its rich symbolism to the great issues Australia faces as a nation still seeking to find its place in the world and as a community-minded people within a global economy.” (Wattle Day Association 2010, para. 17). Wattle Day seeks to present the golden wattle as a national unifying symbol for all Australians, excluding no-one, as well as representing the uniqueness of Australia through the uniqueness of the golden wattle. Significantly, there has been considerable discussion about making Wattle Day the official national day of Australia, replacing Australia Day, as Wattle Day has no negative connotations with invasion and colonisation (Newbury 2011, para. 7).
The site includes resources for activities that can be completed by students and a gallery of photos sent in by schools during their Wattle Day celebrations. Teachers can use this site as a resource for discussing the concept of inclusive national identity with their students and compare Wattle Day with other Australian national days.
Newbury, P. (2011), Why Wattle Day should be our national day, retrieved 13th April 2014, http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=24746#.U0rakPn1yIo
Wattle Day Assocation (2010), About national wattle day, retrieved 13th April 2014, http://www.wattleday.asn.au/about-wattle-day-1