April 26th is 'Hug an Australian Day'
I just discovered that April 26th is "Hug an Australian Day". Since we almost immigrated to Australia in the 1970s and had some Australian friends who were helping us prepare, 'Hug an Australian Day' is the perfect time for me to say thank you to them and all the Australians we've met over the years.
Origin of "Hug An Australian Day"
An Annual Holiday for our Aussie Friends
'Hug an Australian Day' is an annual holiday created by Thomas & Ruth Roy, under the name of Wellcat Holidays & Herbs. Their origin stems from a desire to 'show our great appreciation for all the love and support the Aussies have given us over the years.' It's a great opportunity for us to do our part in improving international relations. And hugs benefit the receiver as well as the giver.
So, on April 26th (or anytime the opportunity presents itself) HUG an Australian!
Definition of 'HUG'
Hug means to clasp tightly in the arms, especially with affection; embrace. On April 26th, let's all 'embrace' our Australian friends!
Australia Travel Guide
While traveling around Australia looking for Australians to 'hug', you will find this travel guide on a Kindle very handy. An easy way to keep all the essentials to get to the heart of Australia right at your fingertips ... the places to eat, sights, cultural information, maps, transport tips (and at least a few Aussies to hug) all together.
|Kangaroo & Joey Poster Print|
The kangaroo has become Australia's national image and is the one we all associate with this country.
This cute & cuddly looking Australian animal has been called a koala bear, but it is not a bear; it is a marsupial. It lives in the coastal regions of Australia and their main diet is leaves from the Eucalyptus tree.
Koalas sleep about 20 hours a day, due mainly to receiving very little energy from their diet. Their life span is between 13 and 18 years and they have very few predators.
The koala is very popular at Australian zoos and wildlife parks as it is at the top of the list of 'animals to see' when visiting Australia. It is also popular as souvenirs. It's appeal seems to come from its childlike body and teddy bear-like face and makes one wish to 'hug' this animal.
Australian GiftsAustralian animals, the Koala and the Kangaroo, are very popular as gifts in many forms.
My Crocheted Interpretation... of the Little Blue Fairy Penguin
|Little Blue Fairy Penguin on Etsy|
An extra-special hug to my online Aussie friend, Samantha Seegreen, for giving me such a great idea for an addition to my Etsy line of crocheted penguins with her story about the Little Blue Fairy Penguin.
My crocheted interpretation of the Blue Penguin (native to Australia) can be found in my Etsy Shop "Coastal Crochet Crafts".
|Duck Billed Platypus on Amazon|
The platypus, found only in Eastern Australia and in Tasmania, is the animal emblem of New South Wales. The platypus is a very strange-looking animal with a bill like a duck, a tail like a beaver and feet like the otter. It is sometimes called a duck-billed platypus.
Happy 'Australia Day'
Australia Day is also another perfect time to 'hug' your favorite Australian and wish them well.
April 26 - Hug an Australian Day
Australia has so much to offer - from endless beaches to sophisticated cities to Outback adventures, along with the wonderful people in this fantastic country! No wonder they have a "Hug an Australian Day".
|Available on Amazon|
Images of Australia...
Hugs to Photographer Jeff Drewitz of New South Wales. Jeff is an established landscape and wildlife photographer who presents Australia's natural beauty in all its stunning diversity in this collection of color images.
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