Anzac Day in Australia and New Zealand Date in the current year: April 25, 2016

Anzac Day in Australia and New Zealand On April 25, Anzac Day is observed in Australia and New Zealand. It is a national day of remembrance that honors all those who have given their lives in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. It was a World War I army corps that operated during the Gallipoli Campaign that began on April 25, 1915. The ANZAC casualties in that campaign included an estimated 8,700 dead soldiers from Australia and 2,700 from New Zealand. The so-called Anzac spirit became an important part of the Australian and New Zealand national identity.

Anzac Day was first celebrated in 1916. A variety of services and ceremonies were held in both countries. In 1920, it became a public holiday in New Zealand. Later, it became an official public holiday in Australia as well.

After World War II, Anzac Day became a day of remembrance to commemorate the lives lost in both world wars. During the Vietnam War, it became controversial and wasn't widely observed. However, in recent years its popularity has increased significantly.

Anzac Day commemoration usually includes solemn services held at war memorials, commemorative marches and other events. Paper poppies are sometimes distributed and worn as symbols of remembrance.

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