How to Celebrate Australia DayJanuary 18, 2016

Australia Day would mark the moment when eleven British ships arrived in Port Jackson and raised the Union Jack. It happened on January 26, 1788, when the Age of Discovery was on its final phase. Sydneysiders and tourists won't witness the reenactment of this historic event on the 26th, but they could expect fireworks. And Australia Day won't be a reminder of the Commonwealth of Nations. It would be contemporary Australia.

Here are five ways to celebrate this momentous occasion:

Watch the Australian Open. The 26th of January will mark the start of the quarterfinal matches in both men's and women's singles. It's hard to tell if any of the local bets will reach this stage of the tournament, but Nick Kyrgios is feeling good about his chances. (Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova won the Hopman Cup.) Bernard Tomic will be seeded 16th, his highest ranking so far. John Peers won't feel bad about his split from Jamie Murray late last year, as he and (new partner) Henri Kontinen are seeded 9th in the men's doubles. But eyes will be on Novak Djokovic. He's gunning for his sixth title, which will be the most titles ever. (Roy Emerson owns the record, and he may be holding his breath right now.) Roger Federer is in his bracket. Andy Murray is hoping he'll make a slip. Don't miss Flinders Park.

Send an Australia Day e-card to your mates. If you have mates living overseas, then this is your chance to make them not feel homesick on the 26th. For those who have friends (or colleagues) from other countries, this is a good opportunity to give them a slice of the Oz culture. Beer may be a good start.

Dust up your backpack, as you prepare to go places. You won't buy a plane ticket to Thailand, as you like to revel in the full moon party one more time. And you won't go to Bali to mend a broken heart. If you've been living in Sydney all your life, then you must be curious about how Australia Day is observed in other cities. It will be silly to think about rivalries at this moment, so travel to Melbourne and take part in the celebration. The Melburnians will be delighted about it.

Fly the Australian flag. This will be the first thing that Aussies will do aside from watching the firework (at night time). The hot summer day is the best time to show your patriotism. You might also consider dressing up in Aussie colors; jeans will do, but it will better to paint white stars in it.

Don't miss the celebratory drink. You can go to the nearest pub. Have a can of beer on hand while cooking barbecue. You can dress up and attend a party. Make sure you don't drink too much.

Do you have other suggestions? Don't hesitate to drop a line.

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