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Christmas Day

Every 12 months on the 25th day of the month, until further notice.

Christmas Day is celebrated across Australia on 25 December, and is one of the most actively celebrated holidays in the country.

Like most countries, Australia recognises Christmas as a public holiday. This annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ has been observed and celebrated for hundreds of years around the world.

While historians estimate the year of Jesus’ birth to be somewhere between 2 and 7 BC, no one can pinpoint the exact month and day. Meanwhile, the Bible does provide other specific details deemed more important.

According to the Christian Scriptures, Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary inside a stable, wrapped in swaddling clothes, laid in a manger, and surrounded by farm animals. Upon hearing the news of the his birth and led by the Star of Bethlehem, a few wise men came to visit the newborn bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. To this day, Christians and non-Christians carry on the tradition of gift-giving during this special holiday season.