Holidays in Australia in 2019
This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Australia. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.
|Date||Weekday||Holiday Name||Holiday Type||Description and comments|
|January 1||Tuesday||New Year's Day||Public holiday||
The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.
Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ.
|January 26||Saturday||Australia Day||Public holiday||
Official national day of Australia. It marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson.
|January 28||Monday||Australia Day observed||Public holiday||
When the Australia Day falls on a weekend, a substitute public holiday will be observed on the first non-weekend day (usually Monday) after the weekend.
|February 14||Thursday||St. Valentine's Day||Observance||
Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.
|April 19||Friday||Good Friday||Observance||
Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday
|April 21||Sunday||Easter Sunday||Observance||
Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.
|April 22||Monday||Easter Monday||Public holiday||
Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is a holiday in many countries.
|April 25||Thursday||ANZAC Day||Public holiday||
A day on which the country remembers those citizens who fell fighting or who served the country in wars.
|May 12||Sunday||Mother's Day||Observance||
Celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Second Sunday of May in many countries all over the globe
|May 26||Sunday||National Sorry Day||Observance||
The day to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of Australia's indigenous population
|September 1||Sunday||Father's Day||Observance||
Celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. First Sunday in September in New Zealand and Australia.
The eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day, traditionally considered the only day in the year when the spirits of the dead can return to earth. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, divination games, telling scary stories, watching horror films etc.
|November 11||Monday||Remembrance Day||Observance||
Memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. November 11th in Australia
|December 24||Tuesday||Christmas Eve||Observance||
Christian holiday, day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus
|December 25||Wednesday||Christmas Day||Public holiday||
Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches
|December 26||Thursday||Boxing Day||Public holiday||
A holiday celebrated on the day after Christmas Day and also Saint Stephen's Day or Second Christmas Day in some countries or Day of Goodwill (South Africa)
|December 31||Tuesday||New Year's Eve||Observance||
The final day of the Gregorian year