In Australia, “Australia Day” Australia’s National Holiday, has its adherents and detractors. There is much debate raging over its current contemporary meaning and validity. For the unjaded, expat Australian however, it is the one day of the year where we can celebrate our nationality and reconnect with our sense of cultural identity.
We are generally proud Australians and in the most part happy that we come from Australia in spite of the occasional cringe at the shenanigans of myopic politicians, or greedy bastard resource exploitationists, or even the dangerous stupidity of some home grown homicidal maniac.
Still, Australia Day is, at least for me, a time to celebrate being Australian, a time to think back over the things I’ve done, the places I’ve seen and the family I’ve help create. Its a time for me to reflect on what I hope to achieve and do and how that might integrate with my sense of self, self-worth, and identity. Its also a time to kick back with a few good friends, sink a few beers and enjoy some quintessential Aussie fare.
While some of this can be imported into Germany, sometimes you just have to make it yourself. This has over the past several years led to an obsession with Australian-style pies and savory pastries, to the point that I am now quite adept at making this amazing Aussie treat.
This Australia Day? ‘ave a good ‘un, and get that int’ya!