Canberra Day is a public holiday in the Australian Capital Territory. This public holiday commemorates the official founding and naming of Canberra by the wife of the late Governor General Lord Denman – Lady Denman – on 12 March 1913. These days, Canberra Day is celebrated on the second Monday of March every year.
Canberra Day 2014 Date When is Canberra Day 2014?
Canberra Day 2014 will be observed on Monday, 10 March 2014.
The Origin of Canberra Day
Formerly, Canberra was a home to a group of Aboriginal people of Australia. When the Europeans immigrated to Australia, their settlement in Australia was continuously expanded. Then, Canberra was chosen as the new Capital City of Australia, and soon it became the center of attention in this continent.
Canberra was officially founded and named on 12 March 1913 by Lady Denman, the wife of the late Governor General Lord Denman. Based on Australian Capital Territory’s Holidays Act 1958, Canberra Day was a public holiday observed on the third Monday of March. Since the year of 2008, the date of Canberra Day was moved to the second Monday of March in order to make it closer to the actual official founding and naming date of the city.
Canberra Day 2014 Celebration
Every year, Canberra Festival are organized as an event associated with Canberra Day. People in Australian Capital Territory enjoy various kinds of entertainment such as displays, exhibitions, dance, sporting events, music, film, and many other organized in this festival. The other citizens choose to have a short vacation since Canberra Day which always falls on Monday creates a long weekend.