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On the 26 January there is a public holiday for Australia Day which commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet bringing white settlers to Australia. This results in a relaxed casual holiday mood being felt throughout the entire country from Christmas Day to late January.
On January 26, 1788, British Captain Arthur Phillip came ashore at Sydney Cove in what is now the historic Rocks area near the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This date -- January 26 -- is now commemorated yearly as Australia Day. While it is a day that generates quite a lot of excitement within the country, its celebration is a sore point for some of Australia´s community, who consider that the country's original inhabitants were invaded by the British on that day in 1788.