If you are living in Australia or New Zealand then you must be enjoying a holiday. Considering that working for the whole week becomes quite hectic a mid week break proves to be nothing less than a blessing. If for any reason, you do not know why April 25 is a holiday in Australia and New Zealand, then your general knowledge needs to be updated. For your information, April 25 is observed as the ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. It refers to some of the brave soldieries who risked their lives for their country back in year 1915 during World War 1. For those who do not know much about the background of ANZAC Day, will now have some good information about it in next 5 minutes.
History and Background
The Allies that included Britain, France, Italy, Russia, USA, and Japan April 25 1915, when the ANZAC troops landed in Gallipoli as a part of the campaign against Turkey, planned it. The purpose was to distract the Central Powers, which included Germany, Turkey, and Austria-Hungary who were part of the Ottoman Empire from a possible attack on the Western Front. When the British and French ships on the Turks on March 18, 1915, they failed badly. However, the ANZACS came to rescue them but were died within a ten square kilometer area surrounded by hills and sea. Out of 500,000 men taking part in the war, about 300,000 died which included about 8,709 Australians and 2,701. Hence, April 25 is observed as ANZAC Day for commemorating that incident.
Purpose of ANZAC Day
The purpose of celebrating or observing Anzac Day is just not a day to remember those who lost their lives in the war, but it is a day of hope for the nation’s future. It conveys the message that death of a martyr is in fact life of a nation.
ANZAC Day Celebrations
There can be some interesting celebrations associated with this day in order to make it a real special one. If you are anywhere in Australia and New Zealand then you should pull your socks up to celebrate ANZAC Day.