Is Anzac Day a public holiday in 2023 and how can I find services near me? – ABC News

Is Anzac Day a public holiday in 2023 and how can I find services near me? - ABC News

Every April 25th, Australia and New Zealand come together to commemorate Anzac Day and pay respects to members of their joint armed forces, many of whom sacrificed their lives in the Battle of Gallipoli in 1915, and well as to those who have served since.

Dawn services and marches will be held across the country on Tuesday to mark the auspicious date.

Anzac Day is one of the most revered national holidays to fall on the Australian and New Zealand calendars, helping to share knowledge and understanding of its legacy integral to all.

Is Anzac Day a public holiday?


This year’s Anzac day will fall on Tuesday, 25 April, which means it will be a public holiday throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Why do we commemorate Anzac Day?

Anzac Day marks the first major military battle fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during World War I.

On April 25, 1915, the Anzacs — the joint Australian and New Zealand Army Corps — landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula, in what was then-known as Turkey (the country is now, officially, known as Türkiye).

They were part of an allied mission to capture Constantinople, now Istanbul, the capital of one of Germany’s major allies, the Ottoman Empire.

What was expected to be a quick military campaign, turned into a long battle with heavy loss of life.

The Anzacs were met with heavy resistance from the Ottoman Turks, which dragged out their campaign for eight months.

There were mass casualties and great hardships on both sides.

The heart of the Australian War Memorial building: bronze panels recording the names of more than 100,000 Australian armed forces. ()

While the campaign culminated in defeat for the Anzacs, their bravery during this battle left a powerful legacy that continues to be commemorated.

How is it commemorated?

There are two significant parts to Anzac Day — memorial services held at dawn and marches later in the day. 

The dawn services symbolise the time at which the Anzac forces originally landed at Gallipoli.

An Anzac day dawn service in Perth.()

During these early morning ceremonies, a hymn, prayer, laying of wreaths, a recitation and a period of silence occur, culminating with a bugler’s haunting rendition of the Last Post. 

The marches that take place throughout the day feature former soldiers, current servicemen and servicewomen as well as their relatives. 

How can I find Anzac Day services near me?

From dawn services to marches, there are many ways you can get involved on Anzac Day.

Head to the RSL Australia official website to find out what events are happening near you.

No problem if you miss your alarm though. If you weren’t up early enough to see the dawn service, capital city marches will be broadcast during the day.

These will be broadcast on ABC TV, live on ABC capital city Facebook accounts and on the ABC’s capital city local radio websites.

Anzac marches or parades usually take place a little later in the day after the dawn services.()

What’s open on Anzac Day?

Anzac Day is considered a restricted trading day until 1pm, which means independent retail shops will remain closed until this time.

Shops that are exempt from this include petrol stations, pharmacists, convenience stores and some cafes.

What’s the best Anzac biscuit recipe?

Those golden, chewy or crunchy biscuits have been a mainstay of Anzac Day since … well the original Anzacs fought at Gallipoli.

In an effort to boost morale, loved ones sent care packages containing Anzac biscuits to troops.

With their tough exterior and consistency, the Anzac biscuit was designed to travel well over several weeks at sea.

Here’s the definitive Anzac biscuit recipe from Country Women’s Association secretary and cookery judge Pam Wright to try your hand at before the day.

CWA secretary Pam Wright’s uncle and father fought in World War II.()

Ingredients: (Makes: around 45 biscuits)

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup desiccated coconut

1 cup plain flour

1 cup white sugar

1/2 teaspoon, salt (optional)

125g butter

1 tablespoon golden syrup

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

2 tablespoons boiling water


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius, prepare two baking trays.

2. Place the oats, coconut, sifted flour, sugar and salt into a bowl. Mix well. Melt butter; add golden syrup, bicarbonate of soda and the boiling water. Stir well. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix well.

3. Place mixture in spoonfuls into lined trays and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven loosen biscuits on tray with a knife or spatula. Allow to cook on tray.

The original Anzac biscuit was a savoury version, known as the Anzac tile or wafer, but these sweet ones are much tastier.()


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