Anzac Day is the most important day in the Australian calendar. Originally, Anzac Day was a day of remembrance for those Australians and New Zealanders lost in the first world war.
Today, it has lost none of its meaning of remembrance encompassing all those who have been lost in war. It also celebrates the efforts of Australians to create a peaceful, welcoming country, to play a part in creating a peaceful world, and personal attributes Australians like to own such as mateship, fairness, tolerance, generosity and a larrikan sense of humour.
Where ever you are from, being out and about on Anzac Day is a great way to get the feel of the Australian character. Attend a Dawn Memorial Service, experience the camaraderie and friendship in the pubs and try out the larrikin competitive spirit of a game of two-up.
This is as near to the Australian spirit as you can get.