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Anzac Day

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If it is true that the anniversary of the Liberation was celebrated in Italy yesterday, April 25, this day also represents a special holiday in other countries.

We refer in particular to Australia and New Zealand, which every year, on April 25th, celebrate the famous Anzac Day (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Day) in memory of the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who died back in 1915 in Gallipoli, during World War I. In major Australian cities, a memorial service is set up at the first light of dawn: in Sydney, for example, this event (called Anzac Day Dawn Service) is held at Martin Place at 4 am.

But between military songs, exhibitions and marches through the city streets, this festival is also celebrated in fun ways. A typical Australian custom during this day is to organize large BBQs. It is not uncommon to be in Sydney's Centennial Park, enjoying the sun and, why not, sleeping under the stars as soldiers did more than a hundred years ago.

The ANZAC day is also famous for the so-called Two-Up, a gambling game with coins that in the past was widespread among the most humble Anglo-Saxon immigrants. This holiday is in fact the only day of the year when it is legal to gamble in public places!

But what party would it be without a typical dessert? In fact, it is traditional to prepare typical Australian biscuits based on sugar, flour, butter, coconut and oat flakes for Anzac Day. All in all they are very simple biscuits but whose history, once again, refers to the times of the war, when women prepared these sweets to send to the front making sure that they did not break during the journey.

NOTES:

Australian War Memorial - https://www.awm.gov.au/Anzacathome/Anzac-traditions

Australia.com - https://www.australia.com/it-it/events/arts-culture-and-music/anzac-day.html

Anzac Day Commemoration Commetee - https://anzacday.org.au/

GoStudy - https://www.gostudy.it/blog/vivere-in-australia/anzac-day-per-non-dimenticare/



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