Holiday Traditions of Sending Gifts to Australia
No matter where in the modern world you go, gifts are always welcome! At the same time, gift giving traditions can vary greatly in different parts of the world and it's very important to know local traditions when selecting a gift to send to such an exotic country as Australia for a particular occasion.
Gift giving in Australia is rarely expected and, traditionally, Australians give gifts primarily to family members and close friends. However, in the corporate arena, gift giving is becoming more popular. Australians give gifts to promote goodwill and to demonstrate gratitude, as well as to celebrate and continue good relationships with clients and colleagues. In addition, personal occasions within the office such as birthdays and marriages, as well as retirements and long service leaves, are often a cause for office celebrations and good reasons to give gifts.
Australians love to celebrate the finer things in life, therefore, a combined gourmet gift from all colleagues - individual gifts from those who work closely with the recipient - are sure signs of goodwill and morale.
Australia has a reputation for great wine and Australians love high quality spirits, so a wine gift basket, champagne gift basket, or beer and snack gift is sure to be appreciated not only as a business gift, but also as a personal gift for men to say 'thank you,' or 'congratulations,' to celebrate Father's Day, a wedding or a birthday. Tea gift baskets and coffee gift baskets are also classic choices for business associates, colleagues, and bosses among others.
When you are choosing a personal gift to send to Australia for such holidays and events as New Year's, Christmas, Easter, Saint Joseph's Day, All Saints Day, weddings, or birthdays - anytime when a lot of people gather together for a big feast - nothing is more appropriate than a gourmet basket loaded with an array of mouth-watering delicacies or a fruit basket bursting with flavor and nutrients! A chocolate basket brimming with sweets is the perfect romantic gift for a special lady on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or birthdays and it's the most suitable gift to children on Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and birthdays.
Many Australians' love for nature is unparalleled and they appreciate all the gifts earth has in store for each of its inhabitants; as such, their love for flowers is quite understandable. A lush flower basket sent for a wedding, Easter, Valentine's Day, or a birthday will evoke a storm of cheers from both men and women.
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Most Celebrated National Holidays
March 22 - April 25 - Easter
Easter in Australia is one of the major festivals of the year; traditionally, during this time, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus three days after his death.. Since the date of the Christian holiday also corresponds to the timing of pagan rites that celebrate fertility and spring renewal, Easter eggs, games, feasting, and fun activities have all become a part of the festivities, even though the main celebrations take place in churches. This holiday celebrated with a wide range of customs, folklore, and traditional foods. One of the most important secular symbols of Easter in Australia is the Easter Bunny. He 'hides' Easter eggs in houses, and children search to find these treats on Easter Sunday. It is also customary to give Easter eggs, sweets, and other gifts to friends and relatives on Easter.
April 25 - Anzac Day
ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day is the anniversary of the day troops from Australia and New Zealand landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, in World War I on April 25, 1915. It is a time to celebrate and honor the bravery of all military personnel who participated in this campaign in particular, as well as to remember the lives and sacrifices of those who died in all military actions.
May 2nd Sunday - Mother's Day
Mother's Day is an annual holiday that recognizes mothers, motherhood, and maternal bonds in general, as well the positive contributions that women make to society. For millions of mothers across the world and also in Australia, it is time for breakfast in bed, family gatherings, gifts, bouquets of flowers, and crayon scribbled I-Love-Yous.
May 26 - National Sorry Day
(National Sorry Day)
National Sorry Day in Australia gives people a chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations' families and communities. The term 'Stolen Generations' refers to Indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.
June 2nd Monday - Queen's Birthday
The official head of state of Australia is the Monarch of the Commonwealth Realms. The monarch's birthday is officially celebrated in many parts of Australia on the second Monday of June. Many Australians have a day off work on this day. For many, it is a chance to do something with their family or to attend a sporting event. Some people take advantage of the three-day weekend to make trips to visit friends or relatives.
September 1st Sunday - Father's Day
Father's Day is a day to honor fathers for everything they have done for their children. Australians take this opportunity to express gratitude to their fathers by telling them how much they are loved and appreciated. Generally, children present their fathers with a bouquet of flowers, chocolates, greeting cards, or gift baskets. Nowadays, people in Australia also celebrate this occasion with their grandfathers, fathers-in-law, uncles, stepfathers, and other men who are caring and protective in their lives.
October 31 - Halloween
Halloween is a holiday celebrated every year in Australia on October 31. Some people hold Halloween parties on or around this date, at which the hosts and guests often dress up as skeletons, ghosts, super heroes, or other scary (and even comical) figures. Many parties are aimed at children, although some have a distinctly adult nature. In some areas, children go trick-or-treating. This means that they dress up in costumes and go to other peoples' houses where they knock on the door and demand a 'treat' - usually sweets or a snack. They threaten that if they do not get a treat, they will carry out a trick on the inhabitant of the house, but do not normally make good on the threat (even if a household has run out of candy).
November 11 - Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day in Australia is devoted to the Australians who have died as a result of wars, particularly World War I. A minute of silence is dedicated to the deceased, especially to the soldiers who died fighting to protect the nation.
December 25 - Christmas Day
Christmas Day in Australia falls in the middle of the summer school holiday and both December 25 and 26 are public holidays. Hence, many people celebrate the event away from home, in holiday parks, on camp sites or at relatives' homes. Traditionally, Christians take this time to celebrate the birth of Jesus; however, the spirit of giving and good will that accompanies the holiday makes it a favorite among non-religious celebrants as well. Christmas activities in Australia include caroling, feasting, praying, and gift giving. Many people spend this holiday with family members, with whom they exchange gifts and cards. Many children wake up to find a sock or stocking filled with small gifts and chocolates on their bed or somewhere else in the house. The delivery of these gifts is attributed to a mythical figure called 'Santa Claus' who is said to bring gifts to good children all over the world. Nearly everyone prepares and eats a special meal. This often includes roast meat and vegetables. After the main course, Christmas pudding is often eaten.
December 26 - Boxing Day
Boxing Day in Australia is a time to recover from the excesses of Christmas day and an opportunity to spent time with family, friends, and neighbors. Some people choose to spend time outdoors, while others flock to the post-Christmas sales in large stores that often begin on this Day. Boxing Day in Australia is also an important day for sports events. The Boxing Day test match is a cricket game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The game is between the Australian National cricket team and other national teams touring Australia. The match starts on Boxing Day and may last up to five days.
January 1 - New Year's Day
(New Year's Day)
New Year's in Australia is celebrated on January 1 according to the Gregorian calendar. It is the biggest night of the year, and is usually celebrated either at home with family and friends or at a bar or club. Midnight parties, lavish meals, champagnes, music, dance, fireworks, and presents are important parts of New Year festivities in Australia.
January 26 - Australia Day
Australia Day commemorates the establishment of the first settlement at Port Jackson, now part of Sydney, in 1788. It is an opportunity for Australians to come together to celebrate Australian culture. People reflect on the achievements of their nation and explore ways to make their country even better in the future. Many people have a day off from work and use the holiday to picnic in a park, to go shopping, and to play or watch sports events. In some places spectacular public fireworks displays are held.
February 14 - Valentine's Day
Some popular sources indicate that the Valentine's Day Festival originated in pagan times when people celebrated the fertility rite of Lupercalia on February 13th-15th; other sources credit the date to a celebration of the sacrifice of a Christian martyr named St. Valentine. All sources agree that it was Geoffrey Chaucer who connected the celebration with lovers in his poem Parlement of Foules in 1382. These days, Valentine's Day is essentially regarded as festival that celebrates love between both lovers and individuals. People wish 'Happy Valentine's Day' to parents, teachers, siblings, friends, and any other special person in their lives. Though there are various traditions and customs associated with the festival, the most popular way of celebrating Valentine's Day in Australia is by expressing love to sweethearts and dear ones with an exchange of gifts. Some of the most traditional Valentine's Day gifts are fresh flowers, chocolates, and cards.
March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
(St. Patrick's Day)
Many Australians come together on St Patrick's Day to celebrate Irish culture and to remember St Patrick's life and achievements. Some businesses and organizations hold St Patrick's Day breakfasts and lunches at which lucky door prizes are given and Irish food and drinks are served. Many pubs, particularly Irish pubs, hold St Patrick's Day parties in the evening, where local bands play Irish music and green drinks are served.
April 2 - Good Friday
Good Friday is a traditionally Christian holiday in Australia; it is held on the Friday before Easter to commemorate the death of Jesus in anticipation of his resurrection three days later. Since it is also a national holiday, Good Friday is the start of a four-day weekend and falls during the Easter school holidays. Many people take a short vacation around this time, often within Australia. Others take the opportunity to spend time with their family or friends.