Although the first people in Australia appeared about 10 thousand years ago, its modern culture and traditions have little to do with the indigenous population. It can be safely asserted that the culture here is based on British customs, which were later mixed with the traditions of immigrants from other countries.
Thus, we can say that the culture of Australia is a British culture that set out on an independent voyage about 250 years ago and since then has accumulated many differences.
A specific mixture of different peoples and cultures has led to the creation of a unique Australian mentality that cannot be confused with any other. Although it was started by immigrants and all kinds of convicts and criminals from the British Empire, it is now difficult to recognize in an Australian as a prim Briton and an adventurer, let alone a convict.
There is a strong impression that the modern Australian has absorbed all the best from different cultures. However, he managed to discard all unnecessary. These differences are noted by the Australians themselves, who are clearly aware of their cultural separation in comparison with the representatives of the EU or North America.
In particular, Australians are characterized by patriotism and individualism. The latter quality manifests itself in almost all spheres of life, from the style of clothing to culinary preferences. As individualists themselves, Australians understand that other fellow citizens are so.
Therefore, the local residents do not like it when someone climbs or just discusses their life, and never do it themselves. Despite this, it is impossible to call them withdrawn or secretive, since Australians are extremely friendly and helpful. Helping each other is as natural here as respecting someone else’s personal space.
- In many ways, this was reflected in national self-awareness. For example, Australia rarely gets involved in the showdown of other countries, although it traditionally supports the United States and Great Britain. However, this is done more traditionally than consciously.
- At the same time, while other countries play in tolerance, reaching fraternization with outright criminals and terrorists, Australians do not show much zeal in this direction, believing that these newcomers should adapt to Australian traditions, and not vice versa.
- At the same time, Australians manage to maintain a friendly attitude towards visitors, and they are always ready to help those who are unfamiliar with the local realities, helping to integrate into Australian culture. They show no less interest in foreign cultures.
- At the ordinary level, they seem somewhat slow, and almost never rush anywhere, attaching great importance to comfort both in everyday life and in communication. For his sake, an Australian can even sacrifice beauty, which, however, is also highly valued here. An example of the latter would be a person wearing a classic suit paired with sneakers.
All of the above goes well with the typically Australian sense of humor. True, the jokes are mainly aimed at third-party neutral topics, while they joke at each other with great care. Slight jokes are one thing, but ridicule is another.
Australians are considered great travel enthusiasts. One thought about a static life seems depressing to them, so no one will appreciate the saying about where he was born – there and will fit in Australia. Moving to another city or state here will not surprise anyone, and travel even seems to be something ordinary.
This is partly due to the fact that Australians rarely live in large families, because, barely reaching maturity and independence, children prefer to go “free swimming”.
The authorities and any other authorities do not cause any reverence among the Australians. This does not mean that they are anarchists – they respect the law. However, it is the law that is sacred here, and not the authorities or their representatives. Therefore, criticism of the superiors is in the order of things here. Accordingly, property differences in Australia also do not play a special role, as well as prestigious areas of activity.
This trait goes well with a dislike for those who seek to overestimate their status – for upstarts who will be sure to be shown in their place. It is worth noting the reverent attitude of Australians to nature. They inherited this trait from their ancestors, who were among the first in the world to adopt a law on the protection of animals. As a result, much of Australia’s nature has been preserved almost intact.
Entertainment and recreation in Australia
Since we are talking about a continental country located in a warm climatic zone, it is natural that Australians can be spoken of as an island nation. Such, without exception, have a love for water.
This is fully manifested in the Australian love for water sports and just leisure on the water. Both sports and recreational swimming, boating are popular here, and in terms of surfing and diving, Australia can be considered a center of world importance.
Various types of rowing, yachting and fishing are just as popular. Only trekking and jogging can compete with water sports and leisure. As for passive recreation, here the undoubted leader will be gatherings in a pub in the company of friends. No less Australians love to host or visit themselves.
Picnics are another popular type of recreation. To an outside observer, they may seem like the appearance of masochism (let’s remember that Australia is teeming with all kinds of reptiles and insects, including poisonous ones), but for the locals they are in the order of things. The fact is that from childhood Australians are accustomed to navigate the bush, and they know exactly what to do in order not to become a victim of this or that representative of a very peculiar local fauna.
Holidays in Australia
The main holidays adopted at the state level are:
- Queen’s birthday;
- Australia Day;
- Melbourne Cup;
- Memorial Day Soldiers.
Almost every one of these holidays is accompanied by celebrations, musical performances, parades and fireworks. There are no fundamental differences from how these or similar holidays are celebrated in other parts of the world.
The only exceptions are the representations of the aborigines and the “Christmas tree substitutes” characteristic of Australia, made from representatives of the local flora, including orchids.
Horse racing in Australia
If in Great Britain equestrian sport not only has a long history, but also enjoys great love of Her Majesty’s subjects, then in Australia everything is somewhat different.
From the very beginning, this state was based on democratic traditions, therefore, there was no particular piety towards the entertainment of the aristocracy. However, once a year, things change in a diametrically opposite direction when the Melbourne Cup begins.
On this day, which falls on the first Tuesday in November, life in the country freezes, and all for the sake of participating in the races. How this can be explained in light of the fact that the rest of the year the locals show no interest in horses is still unclear. However, on this day, on average, every Australian has six dollars in bets on one or another ungulate. In one of the states, this day is even considered a day off and is paid.
Music of Australia
The musical component plays an important role in the cultural life of Australians, however, as elsewhere in the Western world. In addition, festivals are an integral part of local life, which cannot be imagined without musical accompaniment.
Although most of the musical styles and trends are based on African American and British influences, the local music also has its own sound, which connoisseurs call Australian.
It is interesting that such a sound was formed not only due to the isolated geographical location of the state, but also due to the constant influx of immigrants from all over the world. Of course, it was not without the musical traditions of the aborigines of Australia, in the culture and customs of which they have recently shown more and more interest. By the way, the main instrument of the local aborigines is the world-famous didgeridoo.
This makes the Australian approach to musical creativity unique in its own way. In addition to contemporary music, Australia has not forgotten its classical heritage. Each state of the state has its own symphony orchestra, and some of them are internationally recognized. There are also outstanding performers of classical music who are world-class masters.
Australian folk music is largely a reworking of American country music, which in turn has its roots in traditional Irish music. However, the local country was influenced by much more musical traditions than in America, therefore its sound has significant differences.
No, this is not about same-sex love, although admirers of it in Australia are treated with extraordinary awe. However, this is typical for almost the entire western world, even if it is located in the eastern hemisphere.
It has already been said above that Australians combine such incompatible traits as extreme correctness, individualism and a passion for jokes. They are fully manifested in relations between residents of different states.
It is believed that common difficulties contribute to cohesion, and the Australians, who actually live on the outskirts of the civilized world, such a geographical position should have united. In fact, nothing of the kind happened, and an unspoken, albeit very kind, war is going on between the inhabitants of different states.
In addition to the fact that the Australian states have more independence from each other than some British regions, the inhabitants of these also give each other funny nicknames. True, correctness is observed in this matter, which allows not to be offended by the nickname, but even to be proud of it.
For example, the people of Western Australia, who are called the “sand diggers”, even release the Sand Digger toy, which has become their symbol. There is nothing to be done – the Great Sandy Desert is nearby. Similar nicknames exist for the inhabitants of every state, and they are all permeated with strange Australian humor.
The easiest way to learn about common, traditional Australian cooking is to head off into the wilderness. Besides the fact that here you can visit any institution specializing in truly Australian cuisine, devoid of capital glamor, there are also something more interesting in the villages.
In particular, when residents of a particular locality need money for an event, they do not beg money from the state or metropolis – this is not in the Australian spirit. They simply put up tents along the roads, in which they sell all kinds of food.
- The tents belonging to the Rural Women’s Association are especially good. It is here that you can buy food of the highest quality, because in principle there cannot be a more severe inspector than a villager neighbor.
- In general, local dishes are based on British cuisine, but it has undergone significant changes, since the range of products that fell on the table of an Englishman of the 19th century was significantly different from everything that the Australian colonists got at their disposal.
- As for the culinary traditions of the Australian aborigines, they remained only among themselves, and even then only if the aborigines lead a lifestyle close to that of their ancestors.
The rest of the population, including urban aborigines, consumes food of European origin. True, Australians obsessed with individualism stubbornly bend their line here too, making every effort to ensure that each dish is original.