Anzac Day in Australia is a national public holiday that occurs each year on April 25. On this date people commerate and honour all Australians who died during, wars, conflicts and peace keeping operations.
Anzac stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps whose soldiers were also referred to as "Anzacs". The Anzacs formed part of an allied army during World War I, whose mission was to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey, to open a free passage for the Navy in order to capture Constantinople (nowadays Istanbul). Final objective was to knock the Ottoman Empire, allied to Germany during WW I, out of the war quickly.
The troops landed in Gallipoli on April 25 1915. The Allied forces encountered fierce resistance by the Ottomans. Instead of a swift operation, the mission turned in to a lasting battle with heavy casualties for both parties. After 8 months the troops were evacuated from the peninsula.
It was the first time that Australia and New Zealand lost so many soldiers in an armed conflict. For that reason the news of the Gallipoli campaign had a dramatic impact on the Australian and New Zealand societies and April 25 became quickly the day to remember the fallen.
Although the origin of Australia's remembrance day lies in World War I, casualties of all conflicts and peace keeping operations are commemorated nowadays. On April 25 dawn ceremonies are held on War memorials and Anzac Day marches are organised across the nation to honour and remember those who left their lives in service of their country.
|Holiday||Date||Week number||Days to go|
|Anzac Day 2016||April 25, 2016 Monday||17||-|
|Anzac Day 2017||April 25, 2017 Tuesday||17||-|
|Anzac Day 2018||April 25, 2018 Wednesday||17||271|
|Anzac Day 2019||April 25, 2019 Thursday||17||636|
|Anzac Day 2020||April 25, 2020 Saturday||17||1002|
|Anzac Day 2021||April 25, 2021 Sunday||16||1367|
|Anzac Day 2022||April 25, 2022 Monday||17||1732|
|Anzac Day 2023||April 25, 2023 Tuesday||17||2097|
|Anzac Day 2024||April 25, 2024 Thursday||17||2463|
|Anzac Day 2025||April 25, 2025 Friday||17||2828|
|Anzac Day 2026||April 25, 2026 Saturday||17||3193|
|Anzac Day 2027||April 25, 2027 Sunday||16||3558|
|Anzac Day 2028||April 25, 2028 Tuesday||17||3924|
|Anzac Day 2029||April 25, 2029 Wednesday||17||4289|
|Anzac Day 2030||April 25, 2030 Thursday||17||4654|
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