It's Australia Day tomorrow. For those in the Northern Hemisphere think kind of like a lower-key 4th of July and you get an approximation of the flavour. There are all sorts of debates on here at the moment, some reasoned and some hysterical, about the flag and the use of it. The story of a concert promoter's attempt to ban the flag at a concert to be held
My plans involve a lunch for twelve at a friend's house, part get-together for Australia Day and part farewell for the host who is off to India for a few months. A trip which includes a pilgrimage of sorts to sacred Buddhist sites in India.
It's also a bit of a family day for me. It's my little nephew Connor's birthday and the anniversary of my Dad's passing, many years ago now. I kind of like the fact that some of the sadness of the day was taken away by Connor's birth. My sister gave Connor my Dad's first name as his middle name, in his honour. In my Buddhist way I like to see it as a nice reminder of the cyclical nature of existence too.
The rest of the weekend will be taken up with bits of housework, some chilling out, some work at the Buddhist centre, some photography (hopefully) and some general lazing about. So fellow Aussies, what are your plans for Australia Day?