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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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ABC 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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BTN: 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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ABC Open: A special day for Buddhists

Watch this clip to learn about a Buddhist festival called Vesak (or Buddha Purnima). It's a special day that commemorates the Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. Vesak is celebrated on the day of the full moon in May and in India it's a public holiday. How is Vesak day celebrated? Do some research and find out ...

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For the Juniors: 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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Commemorating the ANZAC legend

This integrated lesson sequence will allow students to explore how and why people choose to remember significant events of the past, specifically Anzac Day and the Legend of the ANZACs.

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We Remember Anzac: primary resource

Developed to commemorate the centenary of Anzac, this book provides an an Order of Service and step-by-step instructions to assist teachers and community groups to organise a respectful commemorative event. A series of four inquiry-based investigation supported by primary and secondary source material support students to ...

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Old People's Home For 4 Year Olds: Lest we forget

Poppies are a significant part of Remembrance Day observations. As a symbol of respect and gratitude, people place poppies at memorials for people whose lives were ended in wars. In this clip, older Australians and young children pay their respects to those who didn’t survive their wartime service. ________________________________________ ...

Online

Royal Australian Mint: units of work

This suite of teaching and learning units of work related to Australian currencies for middle and upper primary students. The units explore the role coins play in commemoration and the history of Australian currency from colonial times to post Federation. Lessons are supplemented with a range of cross-curriculum lesson ideas.

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Defining moments in Australian History

This extensive web-based resource examines events, people and places of profound significance to the Australian people and their personal, community and national histories. The resource includes a list of 100 'defining moments' identified by historians supported by background information, images, video and links to the ...

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Five fast facts - NAIDOC week

This is an information sheet that introduces five fast facts relating to the National Aborigines and Islanders day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week, an annual celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Tracing back to the Aboriginal rights movement of 1938, NAIDOC ...

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ABC News: Full-on Aussies

How do people celebrate Australia Day where you live? Watch how diverse groups of Melburnians spend Australia Day in 2013, and hear some people talk about why they chose to become Australian citizens.

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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.

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Ramadan begins

Ramadan is a holy month in the religion of Islam. Muslims around the world, including those living in Australia, commemorate this special month by fasting. Watch this video to find out why they fast and what else Muslims do during this month.

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BTN: Easter symbols

What comes to your mind when you think of Easter? You may have known that some of the traditions we currently enjoy around Easter holidays have their roots in religion, but did you know some may have their roots in pagan traditions? This video explains what some Easter symbols mean and how they came about.

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BTN: Holi, a festival of colour

One of the world's brightest festivals is the festival of Holi. Learn about this colourful Hindu celebration and how it is celebrated.

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Discovering democracy: we remember

View a slideshow of images and text to find out about the symbols used to represent Australia on flags, currency, sporting competitions and important days such as Australia Day. Complete a related task.

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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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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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ABC Open: 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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BTN: What's Australia Day all about?

Do you know why we have a public holiday on 26 January - Australia Day? In this clip from Behind the News, investigate different perspectives on this national holiday and find out how people commemorate it.