Festivals in Australia
Every culture across the globe has systematic provisions for a break from out of the hustle-bustle or drudgery or even the mundane routine of daily life.
In common lingo, these special days that are set apart from the rest are better known as "Festivals". Australia too does not lag behind, and is an eager participant in its fare share of festivals. Australia has numerous festivals happening year round.
The festivals celebrated in Australia can be categorized, for the sake of convenience, under several heads.
While there are the religious festivals in Australia, there are other festivals that focus mainly on the cultural aspects of the country, and others still that are concerned with films or music and dance or food or even sports; not to say, however, that there are no festivals in Australia that are purely fun-based.
Though there are hundreds of festivals that are celebrated through the country all year round, the one that holds the most national importance is the "ANZAC Day" which commemorates war heroes on the 25th of April every year.
Aside of this there is also the "National Day" which is celebrated on the 26th of January annually. A few of the names of the other popular festivals that are celebrated in Australia are:
Music Festivals: Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival, Thirroul Seaside & Arts Festival and Noosa Jazz Festival.
Traditional Fun Festivals: Two Up in Kalgoorlie, World Championship Cockroach Racing, Charleville Camel and Donkey and Yabbie Race Festival.
Sports and Related festivals: Ten Days on the Island, Tasmania, Australian Open Tennis, Commonwealth Games, Deaflympics - Deaf Olympics, Sydney City to Surf, Aussie Millions Poker Championships and Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Religious Fun Festivals: Santa Claus Pub Crawl, Tarra Easter Festival and New Year's Eve.
Christmas and Easter.
Cultural Festivals: Yowah Opal Festival, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, National Folk Festival and Sydney Writers' Festival.
Film Festivals: Revelation Independent Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Mardi Gras Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival and Adelaide International Film Festival.
Art and Culture Festivals: Perth International Arts Festival, Contemporary Culture program, Perth Visual Arts Festival and Bundaberg Arts Festival.