Today - why do we celebrate?
National Wattle Day
A celebration of Australia and Australians
National Wattle Day - why do we celebrate?
- Wattle is our national floral emblem. It is a symbol that comes directly from our land;
- Wattle is Australian and represents us all. Unlike other national days, National Wattle Day excludes no one;
- Like our people, wattle has great diversity (with more than 1.000 species) and resilience;
- Wattle welcomes in the spring and is among the first plants to regenerate after fire, reminding us of the importance of renewal as it paints our national colours across our land; and
- Wattle is a unifying symbol for all Australians. There is no other symbol that says so much about us and our land, Australia.
- Wattle is a symbol of Australia and Australians.
So join the celebration of National Wattle Day - 1 September.
Wattle Day Association Inc.
In the 21st century National Wattle Day is celebrated as a day to celebrate Australia - its land and its people.
In 1910 wattle day was celebrated on 1 September in NSW, Victoria and South Australia.
In 1988 the Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) was officially gazetted as Australia's national floral emblem.1992
In 1992, the first day of September each year was officially declared
'National Wattle Day' throughout Australia by the Commonwealth of Australia.2010
2010 was the centenary of the celebration of wattle day on 1 September 1910 in NSW, Victoria and South Australia.
Wattle Day is also used to raise money for community causes such local bush fires brigades, and charities for women, children and disabled people.A century ago sprigs of wattle and wattle badges were sold to raise money for wounded soldiers in the First World War.
It is a day that unifies all Australians in a celebration of what it is to live in Australia and be Australian.
Recommended reading about the history and practice of National Wattle Day:
'Australia's Wattle Day'* is a wonderful description of the Golden Wattle and National Wattle Day written by Dr Rod Panter in 1995 and updated in 1997. Dr Panter suggests what to do on Wattle Day and a role for the Federal Government.
Rod Panter is a founding and life-long member of the Wattle Day Association Inc.
Rod Panter plays the piano at a wattle dinner at Teatro Vivaldi's
restaurant ANU Canberra
Photo: ©S.D. Searle