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SatApr 26

Hug an Australian Day – April 26, 2025

Hug an Australian Day is an international holiday celebrated every year on April 26. The idea is really simple; share a hug with an Australian friend. A hug is a physical display of affection. It has been proven to have a positive psychological effect on both parties. It’s an easy way to share feelings of love, support, comfort, and happiness. A hug from a loved one or even a stranger can significantly enhance a person’s mood. Nothing communicates affection and care quite as a hug does so go ahead, share hugs; enjoy hugs.

History of Hug an Australian Day

Hug an Australian Day is a copyrighted holiday that was launched by Ruth and Thomas Roy. They believed it was important to set aside a day to simply appreciate the Australians in our lives. Australians are friendly, helpful people who are well known and loved by people all around the world. Australia is an old and solid nation. For at least 50,000 years, Aboriginal Australians have lived in the nation and thrived. This makes it so that they have the oldest living cultural history in the world. In 1788, there were about 250 different languages spoken across the country. This was around when the British arrived. At that time, there were between 300,000 and one million Aboriginal people living in Australia. A map of the languages used across Australia was created by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

In 1851, Gold was discovered in Australia first at Bathurst, then at Ballarat. This gave the economy a kickstart and made Australia a desirable location. A rebellion against taxation called the Eureka Stockade in Ballarat, took place in 1854. This is considered to be a crucial event in the evolution of Australia’s democracy. The citizens were ready to stand up for themselves and demand a fairer system. In 1901, the Commonwealth of Australia was officially established and the country became a federation. It was agreed by the Australian government that the capital could be in NSW. The condition was that it couldn’t be any closer than 100 kilometers or 62.137 miles from Sydney. A temporary parliament called ‘Canberra’ was set up in Melbourne for 27 years.

Hug an Australian Day timeline

The British Arrive

The British, who would later become colonizers, set foot on the Australian continent.

The Discovery of Gold

The discovery of gold kickstarts the Australian economy.

The Birth of Present Day Australia

Six British colonies came together to form the Commonwealth of Australia.

The Migration Begins

People from all over the world begin migrating to Australia.

Hug an Australian Day FAQs

How many beaches are in Australia?

There are 10,685 beaches. If you visit one a day, you’ll be done by 29 years.

Do women vote in Australia?

Since 1902, women have had the right to vote freely in Australia. Australia was the second country in the whole world to grant women the right to participate in voting.

Is there a volcano in Australia?

Australia is the only continent on earth that does not have an active volcano.

Hug an Australian Day Activities

  1. Hug an Australian

    Today is all about showing love to our Australian friends. So, in case you are Australian yourself or can visit Australia, give a special hug to any Australian you know.

  2. Hug a friend

    Even if not they are not Australian. Share a hug with a friend or loved one who is from Australia

  3. Get an Aussie a gift

    To take part in the holiday, people are encouraged to gift their Australian friends with Koala bears or kangaroo toys. They can also get tasty snacks and treats.

5 Intriguing Facts About Australia

  1. It has its own dollar

    The currency used in Australia is called the Australian dollar and it is waterproof.

  2. There are oceans everywhere

    Australia is surrounded by three oceans including the Pacific Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and the Indian Ocean.

  3. It is a ‘sheep’ state

    Australia has so many sheep, they outnumber humans by 2.5 to 1.

  4. It is a one-country continent

    Australia is the only continent that contains only one country.

  5. The coastal habitation

    About 90% of people in Australia live near the coast.

Why We Love Hug an Australian Day

  1. It spreads happiness

    The day is a wonderful chance to spread small fragments of happiness among people. Use the mysterious power that hugs possess and do just that.

  2. Against negativity

    Tossing aside our differences and sharing signs of affection helps us overcome tensions and improve our bonds with others. This could become a significant step towards more positive relationships.

  3. History

    The day is also a chance to learn more about Australia and its history. It’s a country with a long history estimated to be 3.4 billion years old and also the country where the world’s oldest fossil was discovered.

Hug an Australian Day dates

2025April 26Saturday
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2027April 26Monday
2028April 26Wednesday
2029April 26Thursday

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