Anzac Day — Day of the Defender of the Fatherland in Australia

25 April every Aussie is particularly proud of their country. Every year on this day Australia and New Zealand celebrate ANZAC Day (ANZAC Day) — Defender of the Fatherland Day. On this day all over the country, and in fact — in the two countries, the solemn ceremony of memory and gratitude dedicated to the men and women who died in wars.

ANZAC (ANZAC) — acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps). For the first time the name was used to refer to soldiers who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey April 25, 1915 — During the First World War.

Over time ANZAC soldiers were part of the Australian "national self-determination." A first test of the over-the courage to become a nation that is the Battle of Gallipoli.

on April 30 in 1915, when the first news of the landing in Turkey reached New Zealand, the day was declared a holiday, and in the churches held an impromptu service. From 1916 until the present time, and in Australia and New Zealand services are held on April 25.

Memorial ANZAC soldiers in Sydney (Photo : rorem, Shutterstock) One of the traditions of the Day ANZAC — «fiery breakfast" (coffee with rum), which is offered after the morning service. No less a long-standing tradition — marches of veterans of past wars and today's soldiers, who are held in all the cities of the country, without exception. Parade from each state capital is broadcast live with commentary. Remains unchanged and the tradition of a meeting of veterans of various wars with students, local officials, friends and colleagues.

And in Melbourne on this day the football game that just 10 years of existence has become ... the biggest game of the Australian Football League , not counting the finals of the country. Tickets for the April match disperse immediately, and the game itself gathers annually to one hundred thousand spectators.

Although still considered the main holiday of the country Australia Day, many Australians have come to the conclusion that it was Day ANZAC — a real national holiday. For example, in 2004, even the threat of terrorist attacks in Gallipoli did not stop nearly 15,000 Australians from a pilgrimage to Turkey — to honor the memory of fallen soldiers. While Australia Day, many are just sitting at home.