The day marks a solemn time of reflection for Australia.
Anzac Day commemorates the anniversary of the arrival of Australian and New Zealand soldiers on Gallipoli on April 25, 1915. The word Anzac happens to be an acronym for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The day marks a time of reflection and honours the troops who lost their lives after months of battle. From age-old traditions to memorial services, here is our round-up of the best things to do this Anzac Day. (Featured image: David Clode via Unsplash.)
1. Attend the Dawn Services
The Anzac Day service honours and remembers Australian and New Zealand military personnel who have fought in conflicts around the globe. Since as early as 1916, Australians around the country wake up at 4.30am to attend the Dawn Services. Set your alarm for the main Dawn Service which is held annually at 04:30am in Martin Place at The Cenotaph. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a limited number of tickets available.
2. Head over to the Anzac Day March
The Anzac Day March begins sharp at 9am and an exemption has been made for around 10,000 people to attend the march this year. Organised by RSL NSW, the parade starts at Martin Place and Elizabeth Street and finishes on Liverpool Street at Hyde Park. The march will see WWII veterans, Navy/Army/Air Force, commonwealth and allies and descendants of veterans participating. The March lasts till around 12.30.
3. Anzac Sunset Ceremony
The Anzac Sunset Ceremony will take place at Cenotaph, Martin Place, at 5pm and will be followed by the lowering of the flags. The ceremony marks the official end of ANZAC Day Memorials in Sydney.
4. Play a game of two-up
Traditionally played on Anzac Day, two-up is a game played by tossing two coins in the air. Its also legal on Anzac Day so take advantage of that and head over to one of the many Sydney’s pubs and clubs that are hosting this much-loved Anzac Day tradition.
5. Get a golden treat
Anzac biscuits are an age-old Aussie tradition that has been passed down through generations and continues to endure. Bakeries and cafes like Saga, Berkelo and Brickfields are popular for their biscuits. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can make you own. Anzac bikkies are super easy to make and hardly take much time.
Looking for more things to do over the weekend? You can choose from heaps of exciting events, right from delightful brunches to jazz nights to bottomless beers, we’ve got you covered.
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