ANZAC Day in Queenstown New Zealand
About ANZAC Day
ANZAC Day is an incredibly important national holiday in New Zealand, which is observed on April 25 every year. The day officially marks the anniversary of the first military campaign by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during World War I.
Lest we forget
On this day, the nations of New Zealand and Australia pay tribute to their soldiers who lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign and to all NZ'ers who have served and continue to serve in the armed forces in various conflicts, wars, and peacekeeping missions around the world.
The day starts with dawn services, where thousands gather at war memorials, cenotaphs, and other important sites to pay their respects. The service includes speeches, prayers, hymns and a moment of silence. This moment of silence is observed at 11 am as well.
The Symbolism of the Poppy Flower
The poppy flower is an integral part of ANZAC Day as it is worn to commemorate the soldiers' memories. Now commonly referred to as the Flanders Poppy, it thrived over the war fields and in the trenches and craters of the battle zones. It is said to represent consolation, remembrance and death.
Different versions of the poppy are sold to raise funds for the Returned Service-people Association and the families of the fallen.
In addition to the dawn service, there are parades and ceremonies across the country where people march in uniform, and wreaths are laid to honour the fallen soldiers. ANZAC biscuits, a traditional biscuit made with rolled oats and golden syrup, are also a popular tradition to eat on this day.
ANZAC Day in New Zealand is an emotional and solemn occasion where the nation remembers and honours the sacrifices of its armed forces. It is a day of reflection and gratitude, where people come together to pay their respects and support veterans and their families.
ANZAC in Queenstown
The RSA in Queenstown is the main point of contact for all matters concerning the memorial services on ANZAC Day. We've included a link for you to check their website for activities on and around the 25th, but also at any time of the year.
Enjoy this recipe for a traditional batch of ANZAC cookies. We recommend you eat one warm and with a cuppa tea!