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Australia Day celebrations take place across the country

Today is the official national day of Australia, commemorating the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788. A public holiday observed in all states and territories, it is the country's biggest annual celebration.

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A man jumps off a jetty into Sydney's Harbor Bridge as part of celebrations for Australia Day, Jan. 26, in Sydney, Australia. Australia Day, formerly known as Foundation Day, is the official national day of Australia and is celebrated annually on January 26.

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Beachgoers swim to shore after taking part in the annual Havaianas Thong Challenge World Record Attempt as Australia celebrates Australia Day at Cottesloe Beach, Jan. 26, in Perth, Australia.

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People take part in a "Woggan-ma-gule" ceremony at Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens to mark the country's Australia Day holiday, Jan. 26. This area is considered an important meeting and ceremonial site to the Gadigal people that once lived around the harbor.

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The Woggan-ma-gule Morning Ceremony is performed on Australia Day at the Botanical Gardens in Sydney, Australia, Jan. 26. The Woggan-ma-gule is the meeting of the waters on the Darug Nation and the lands of the Gadigal and neighbouring clans: Dharawal, Yuin, Gurik, Wonaroo and Awabakal. The ceremony is performed at both contemporary & traditional gatherings. The Woggan-ma-gule is the commemoration of the past and the celebration of the future. Australia Day festivities are being held across the country.

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Tall ships parade the length of Sydney Harbor past the Opera House, back left, to mark the annual Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Jan. 26. Australia used its national holiday on January 26 to call for Britain to hand over a map drawn by explorer Matthew Flinders in 1804 that depicted the vast continent under its modern name for the first time.