Some Annual Australian Events….
Many people think that Australians have barbeques all the time – well.. it`s true! Because most houses have a backyard, most people buy a big barbecue and use it often.
My family even has a barbecue breakfast on Christmas morning: bacon, tomato and eggs (and champagne of course..). It is usually super hot on Christmas day, so swimming is a popular activity: in backyard swimming pools or at the beach.
“Christmas lights” are also popular around this time of year, like “illuminations” in Japan. Families decorate their houses with amazing lights and displays, and sometimes there is a competition among houses and streets: who`s is the best? At night people enjoy walking around the neighborhoods and checking out the different displays.
At this time of year, people are more friendly than usual. Most people are relaxed: late December and early January is when most people take their annual holidays.
Unfortunately fireworks are not allowed in Australia. There are some large firework displays on New Years Eve put on by the city, but it is not possible to buy fireworks in any stores. This law was introduced around 1990 to prevent accidents and fires. I can remember before this rule: Queen Elizabeth`s birthday was celebrated every June with “cracker night”. For this event, each neighborhood would have their own party, and build a large bonfire in a park and let off firecrackers. It was super fun!