Canberra Day

Canberra Day is a public holiday in the federal territory of Australian Capital Territory (ACT), and it is observed on the second Monday in March.

Canberra Day is to celebrate the official naming of Canberra by Lady Denman on March 12, 1913. The Canberra area was inhabited by Indigenous people before the European exploration and settlement. The European people started to settle in this area from 1820s. In the late 19th century, the population in this area kept growing and the area became the national capital.

The government invited suggestions of the city name in 1912 and many names were suggested by the public. On March 12, 1913, Lady Denman announced the city's name will be "Canberra". Lady Denman was the wife of the fifth Governor-General of Australia who was also active women's rights.

The following is the list of Canberra Day from 2021 to 2025.

HolidayDateWeekday
Canberra DayMar 08, 2021Monday
Canberra DayMar 14, 2022Monday
Canberra DayMar 13, 2023Monday
Canberra DayMar 11, 2024Monday
Canberra DayMar 10, 2025Monday

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