Happy Wattle Day!
In 1992, the first day of September each year was officially proclaimed 'National Wattle Day' throughout Australia by the Governor-General of Australia.
Before then Wattle Days on different days in different states and territories had been celebrated ...since 1 September 1910. This was when the first Wattle Day celebration across state borders took place in NSW, Victoria and South Australia.
Wattle days have been celebrated for different reasons over the last century. For example they were linked during WW1 to patriotism, a reminder of home for those fighting wars overseas and fundraising for related community causes.
Perhaps Dr Rod Panter summed it up best when he wrote in 1997 that:
"Wattle and Wattle Day can symbolise virtually anything we want, but they relate generally to Spring, being Australian, the Australian environment, and history. Spring has many positive values such as optimism, bounty and abundance, reliability, colour, and so on.
We can celebrate our ‘Australianness’ on Wattle Day in quite a different way from Anzac Day, which in recalling past wars glorifies Australian qualities of courage and mateship.
Wattle day, by contrast, looks forward (to Spring) and can celebrate the nation’s undoubted qualities of good humour, fairness, generosity, informality and democracy."