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Australia : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the current 2 months



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New Year's Day*Monday January 2, 2017Secular holiday 
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EpiphanyFriday January 6, 2017cards/flowers 
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Australia Day*Thursday January 26, 2017National Day 
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Chinese New Year**Saturday January 28, 2017cards/flowers 
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Hanukkah**Friday December 23, 2016cards/flowers 
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Christmas Day*Sunday December 25, 2016Catholic or protestant 
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Boxing Day*Monday December 26, 2016Catholic or protestant 
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Sydney Hobart Yacht race*Monday December 26, 2016Sports events 
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Christmas Day*Tuesday December 27, 2016Secular holiday 
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New Year's Eve*Saturday December 31, 2016Culture 
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New Year's Day -
Monday January 2, 2017

Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties.


Epiphany -
Friday January 6, 2017

cards/flowers :


Australia Day -
Thursday January 26, 2017

Secular holiday : Celebrates the first settlement by the British lead by captain Arthur Phillip (1788)


Chinese New Year -
Saturday January 28, 2017

cards/flowers : At New Year during the night, the Jade Emperor conveyed all animals. Only 12 showed up. To thank them, Buddha dedicated one symbolic year per visitor. Each new born would inherit the relevant animal's characteristics. NOT a public holiday


Hanukkah -
Friday December 23, 2016

cards/flowers : Commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt (2nd century BC) NOT a public holiday


Christmas Day -
Sunday December 25, 2016

Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.


Boxing Day -
Monday December 26, 2016

Catholic or protestant : Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated on the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would traditionally receive gifts known as a Christmas box from their masters, employers or customers. Due to historical reasons, depending on the year, Boxing Day can be celebrated BEFORE Christmas in the UK. [Wikipedia]


Sydney Hobart Yacht race -
Monday December 26, 2016

Sports events : Http://rolexsydneyhobart.com/default.asp


Christmas Day -
Tuesday December 27, 2016

Secular holiday : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.


New Year's Eve -
Saturday December 31, 2016

Culture : Szilveszter