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Curriculum content descriptions

Celebrations and commemorations in places around the world (for example, Chinese New Year in countries of the Asia region, Bastille Day in France, Independence Day in the USA), including those that are observed in Australia (for example, Christmas Day, Diwali, Easter, Hanukkah, the Moon Festival and Ramadan) (ACHASSK065)

Elaborations
  • comparing the significance of national days in different countries, looking at why they developed and elements they have in common
  • exploring through secondary sources significant events of cultures or countries around the world, including national days, and discussing whether they are celebrations or commemorations
  • investigating the origins and significance of some international celebrations or commemorations (for example, the International Day of Peace)
  • investigating the origins and significance of celebrations important to particular cultural groups in Australia and in other places of the world
General capabilities
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

National days,  Festivals

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Chinese New Year

This is an online module consisting of teacher notes, three stimulus resources and student activities that explore Chinese New Year. The teacher notes provide background information about Chinese New Year activities in the People's Republic of China and around the world, additional online resources and pedagogical advice. ...

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Celebrations

This collection explores celebrations in Australia, Asia and Europe. It considers the beliefs, rituals and foods associated with popular celebrations and includes a selection of archival resources that show how celebrations are observed around the world.

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Candles, cards and carols: Christmas in 1983

How do people celebrate Christmas now? This clip shows some of the ways Christmas was celebrated in 1983. People sent cards, gave presents and sang carols. Have things changed?

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Difference Differently: our communities

This is a resource with four related sets of student activities that explore the cultural diversity found in Australian communities. It looks at the significance of groups and communities and their relationship to identity. It also explores significant days and customs recognised by different communities in Australia. The ...

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Ramadan

What's your big event for the year? For over one billion people worldwide it is Ramadan, a month of prayer and fasting for Muslims. Find out the origin of Ramadan and how Muslims celebrate this month-long religious festival.

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Happy name-day, Greek style, in1988

Many people celebrate their birthday each year. For people from some countries, their name-day is also a very important celebration. This clip from 1988 shows people from Greece celebrating a name day with traditional music, dancing and special foods.

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Festive feasts: foods for Christmas in 1983

Australians serve many different foods at Christmas time, and this often depends on where their families have come from. This clip from 1983 shows an English Christmas roast dinner and food for a traditional Italian Christmas feast. Do you eat any special foods at this time of year?

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Rosh Hashanah: what does it mean?

Is New Year's Day, 1 January, special to you, or do you celebrate the new year at a different time? For Jewish people all around the world the new year is celebrated for two days that fall between early September and early October. Explore why the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is so important for people of the Jewish faith.

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The meaning of Anzac Day

Anzac Day means different things to different people. Five people, of varying ages, share their thoughts and feelings about Anzac Day. Some have actually served in wartime, while others have a close family member who has.

Teacher resource

Australia's national days - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about Australia's national days. Intended for upper primary students, the unit is organised around five focus questions: What special days do we commemorate in Australia? What activities do people undertake on these days? What do national days mean to Australian citizens? How have things ...

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The going down of the sun

The Last Post is played during Anzac Day ceremonies and at military funerals. Watch this clip to find out what this bugle call means, especially for someone who has lost a family member in war.

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Diwali

This is a student resource showcasing the Hindu festival of Diwali. Images in slideshow format show the small clay lamps that give the festival its name, the worship of Lord Ganesha at the start of the festival, and patterns and sweets made to welcome the goddess Lakshmi on the third day of the festival. Text on screen ...

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Difficult memories: reflecting on war

Six people share their thoughts about war. This clip shows that people who have been to war usually find it difficult to talk about the experience. Hear how the experience of war can affect those who serve, their families and friends.

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Ramadan

This is a student resource about the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Four photographs in slideshow format reflect elements of Ramadan: the first Friday in Ramadan, food eaten during Ramadan in Dubai, Laylat al-Qadr - the holiest night of the year - being celebrated in Mecca, and Palestinians breaking their fast at Eid ul-Fitr ...

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Hanukkah

This is a student resource showcasing the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Images in a slideshow format show candles being lit during the eight nights of the festival in the nine-branched candleholders of the special Hanukkah menorah, the hanukkiyah. An image of the usual seven-branched menorah is also included. Text on screen ...

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Moon Festival

This is a student resource showcasing the Moon Festival. Images in slideshow format feature mooncakes eaten during the celebrations and the lighting of candles and lanterns at night. Text on screen explains the significance of the Moon Festival as a celebration of the autumn harvest and a time to appreciate the beauty of ...

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Activity guide for RAP (reconciliation action plan) partners

This is a four-page PDF Activity guide for RAP partners that provides a range of ideas for participating in National Reconciliation Week. It provides an overview of the importance of reconciliation and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, definitions and examples of both Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement ...

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Leisure in 1950s Australia

This is a collection of resources about leisure activities in the 1950s. The collection focuses on nine categories - going to the beach; following cricket; going to the football; dancing; listening to the radio; going on holidays; having fun in the snow; going to parks and the annual show; and leisure activities in a regional ...

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Dragon Ball, Sydney, 1945 or 1946

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in Sydney of a group of people at the Dragon Ball for members of the city's ethnic Chinese community. More than 30 adults, male and female, are seen in formal evening wear. The photograph was taken at the Trocadero Ballroom in George Street, Sydney. It measures 12.0 cm x 9.5 cm.

Teacher resource

Tet: let's get ready to celebrate

This is a teaching activity that explores the celebration of New Year in Vietnam (Tet Nguyen Dan). Included in the resource is an enlargable image, inquiry questions, suggested lesson materials, student activities and information about the importance of the full moon at New Year. There is a poster design extension activity ...