Anzac Day – The Best Ways to Celebrate Anzac Day

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What is Anzac Day?

Anzac Day is a day of commemoration for those who have fought in the Australian and New Zealand forces. It’s one of the most important national occasions, giving people the opportunity to recognise the courage, bravery and skill of all individuals who have served and sacrificed their lives in the military.

When is Anzac Day?

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance taking place on the 25th of April every year. It marks the anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, Australia and New Zealand’s Forces first significant military campaign in the First World War.

What Does ‘Anzac’ Stand For?

ANZAC stands for “Australian and New Zealand Army Corps”, which was formed in 1915. Soldiers in these forces were soon referred to as Anzacs, which is a name that remains to this very day.

Why do we Celebrate Anzac Day?

Anzac Day is a day that has been celebrated for over 100 hundred years. The first commemorations were held on 25th April 1916, when plenty of ceremonies, services and marches took place throughout Australia to pay tribute to the thousands of troops who had died during WW1. However, it wasn’t until 1927 that Anzac Day became a public holiday.

Widespread commemorations continued into the following years, and the day also became the recognised date to remember the lives of Australians in the Second World War. Nowadays, the reason for Anzac Day isn’t only to respect those who have fought for the military, but also those who are or have been involved in Australia’s peacekeeping operations and conflict.

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Anzac Day Commemorations and Activities

Here we’ve explained just some of the ways you and your family and friends can commemorate Anzac Day…

Dawn Service

The Dawn Service is one of the most popular and cherished ceremonies to take place on Anzac Day, with services taking place across the nation. People wake before dawn and gather in cities for two minutes of silence, which might then be followed by the Last Post, hymns, readings, pipers and rifle volleys.

This is something that originated because of the Australian Army’s operational routine, the ‘stand-to’, a procedure whereby soldiers were woken before dawn. Opposing armies tended to attack in the partial light of dusk and dawn, so the Australian military made it a practice to prepare their posts with weapons before the other armies could strike (it is also thought that the half hour before dawn made it harder for enemies to defend themselves as the grey, misty shadows played tricks with soldiers’ eyes).

The reason for The Dawn Service is to replicate those quiet, peaceful moments in the darkness that soldiers experienced. In the past, this service was only performed by veterans and their comrades, but today all Australians and their families are encouraged to participate.

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Marches and Memorials

Throughout the day, many cities and towns host marches comprised of ex-servicemen and women. Thousands of people line the streets to watch and honour those who have served in the defence of Australia.

At the conclusion of these parades, a commemoration service is usually held where memorial readings and poems are read.


Museums and war memorials often hold Anzac Day exhibits, which can be great for getting a deeper understanding of the history of Australia’s military.

Organise Your Own Gathering

Another great idea for celebrating Anzac Day is to host your own gathering and invite your family and friends to come along. You could put on some food and drink for your guests to enjoy, watch the Anzac Day Match and take some time to remember past family relatives who spent much of their life in the military defending our country.

If you’re looking for an extra special location to host your private function, be sure to check out our Sydney Harbour boat hire. We offer a unique experience from our beautiful vessel that will ensure you and your family and friends have a truly unforgettable Anzac Day. Our boats can hold more than enough people and are frequently used for weddings and corporate events, so you’ll be sure to get everyone on board.

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Anzac Biscuits

Making your own biscuits is another popular Anzac Day activity. During WW1, families of soldiers would send care packages to their loved ones, and since any food they sent had to be full of nutrition and resistant to spoilage, biscuits became a common item to pack in boxes.

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Anzac Day and Karisma Cruises

Here at Karisma Cruises, we love creating incredible memories for our guests. From corporate events and birthday celebrations to national holidays, our luxury boat is the perfect venue for creating lasting memories with those close to you.

If you’re wanting to spend this year’s Anzac Day on the glistening waters of Sydney Harbour, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today and discover how we can help you to host the ultimate commemoration.

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