Everyone wants to know what you are going to do to celebrate your patriotic day off work, but what exactly do Australian’s do on this free day?
It’s the day of the year we have our mates around for a shrimp on the barbie (barbecue) and yes, we do actually cook shrimp on the barbie from time to time although, we call them prawns and they are delicious little suckers. Mostly, we eat them cold after boiling the crap out of them (figure of speech-the crap doesn't come out, you have to pull it out while you're eating them), and when I say we eat them, I mean we sit around with 2 large bowls, one for the prawns and one to dispose the carcasses in after we’ve gotten every last morsel out of those bad boys. We don’t even need sauce to enjoy them.
The traditional barbie meat is the good old snag (sausage). Those things are cheap as chips (inexpensive) and best served slapped (placed) diagonally across a bit of bread with some charred onions and a heap load (a lot) of sauce. We love those things so much people sell them outside of various hardware shops on a Saturday to raise money for charities and such. We call those a charitable snag sanga.
We'll take a snag any day of the week. For kicks, we might even throw a steak on the barbie, however it is less accepted.
There’s even a rule when it comes to barbecue courtesy. You never hover around another Strayan who's in the middle of their barbie cook out. You place your goods on the space beside the barbecue and stand a safe distance away while you wait for your turn. In some cases, a good old acknowledgment to the current barbie chef in the form of a head nod doesn’t go astray. Many new mate-ships have been formed at the local barbecue.
If you're lucky, you may have found a new wikie (wicket keeper). That’s right, backyard cricket is a thing and we love to play it. In the yard, in the street or in the park, it doesn't matter. When a cricket ball comes flying through your window you know there’s a good game happening outside, and you better get out there and field.
No matter how cold that beach water is, we'll be in there surfing, swimming and watching for sharks. Strayans have a a taste for danger. We're not swayed by a shark in the water, we'll take that surf board right out into the ocean without a second thought. We'll even hang our feet over the edge of the board just to taught those toothy beasts.
When the day draws to a close, we'll lie in the sand until the stars come out and listen to music while we just hang out with our mates.
It's an excuse to do nothing, our favourite pass time. The radio will be set to Triple J for the most popular music countdown of the year, The Hottest 100. Strayans around the world tune in and listen, just to feel a connection to home.
That's what Australians do on Australia Day. We get together, wee laugh, we eat and we share a drink or two.