Australia observes National Wattle Day as a day of celebration every year on 1st September. In 1992, it started officially on the first day of spring of that year. This is the time when many Acacia species (commonly called wattles in Australia), are in flower. Australian people consider 1st September as the 1st day of spring. This is the time when many Acacia species (commonly called wattles in Australia), are in flower. So, people wear a sprig of flowers and leaves to celebrate the day.
History of Wattle Day
Even literature and poetry honored the wattle from the 1860s to the early 1900s. Australia recognizes the wattle as the national flower during this period. Archibald James Campbell, an ornithologist, and field naturalist who was passionate about Australian wattles. He founded it to appreciate wattle. He first asks to create a special day to celebrate this Australian famous flower.
About 50 years later, green and gold were declared Australia’s national colors, and the interest in wattles grew again. Soon, the pressure of creating a special day to celebrate the wattle grew again. Then a Wattle Day League was formed in 1910. The league settled on September 1 as Wattle Day — as it is the beginning of the spring season in Australia. Since that year, celebrations have been held each year in major Australian cities.
Support for Wattle Day continued even during the First World War when wattle sprigs were sold to raise money for organizations like the Red Cross. As a tradition pressed wattles were sent in letters to wounded soldiers. From 1992, September 1 has been declared as National Wattle Day for Australia and the external Territories of Australia.
How you can celebrate National Wattle Day
There are m, many ways to celebrate National Wattle Day. Here I am sharing some ideas:
- Wear a sprig of wattle or the uplifting color of yellow
- Organize a picnic, lunch, morning/afternoon tea, BBQ, or dinner for your family & friends
- Plant a wattle in your garden or wattles in a grove or revegetate a landscape
- Go for a walk to enjoy wattles in flower around your garden, suburb, nearby bush, or arboretum
- Request your local council to light up landmarks in yellow and green on 1 September. (and then send us your photos to display on this website)
- Encourage your local markets to have a wattle theme in the lead-up to national wattle day – 1 September
- Support your local primary school to celebrate the day.
- Check out our ‘for schools’ for ideas
- Sing a wattle song with the children in your life or recite a wattle poem
Wattle Day Activities
Light up your house in wattle colors
Do as the Australians do and light up your house in wattle colors — green and yellow. Light a few yellow lamps, string up yellow-colored fairy lights and add a plant or two for that green pop.
Research conservation opportunities
Wattle Day used to be about patriotism, but it has evolved to address conservation too. Take a minute to learn what you can do for the environment and plants around you, and start making small changes for a better planet. Encourage others to take up the conservation cause too.
Wattle Day celebrations are often low-key and involve appreciating nature. Take a quick walk in the park, have lunch outdoors while basking in the sun, go on a trek, or plant a tree in the backyard.
National Wattle Day 2023 Quotes, Wishes & Messages
National Wattle Day is celebrated in Australia on September 1st each year to honor the country’s floral emblem, the golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha). Here are some quotes, wishes, and messages to celebrate this special day:
“Like the golden wattle, may your spirit bloom with brightness and resilience.”
“Wishing you a National Wattle Day filled with the vibrant colors of the golden wattle and the warmth of Australian unity.”
“The golden wattle reminds us of the beauty and resilience of Australia. Happy National Wattle Day!”
“In the golden wattle, we find the essence of Australia’s natural beauty. Let’s cherish and protect it.”
“The golden wattle teaches us that even in the harshest conditions, beauty can thrive. Happy National Wattle Day!”
It is a beautiful sight to see the wattles blooming around our country. Wishing everyone on this special day. Happy National Wattle Day.
May the bright yellow color of the wattle flowers spread sunshine and happiness in our lives. Happy National Wattle Day to everyone.
There is something so attractive about the wattles that always bring joys to all of us. Wishing a very Happy National Wattle Day.
The blooming of wattles is an indication that winters are going to end and we will have cheerful and happy days ahead of us. Happy National Wattle Day.
“May your National Wattle Day be as bright and cheerful as the golden wattle itself!”
“On National Wattle Day, let’s come together to celebrate the beauty of our land and the spirit of our people.”
“Wishing you a day filled with the golden glow of the wattle and the joy of Australian pride. Happy National Wattle Day!”
“May the golden wattle’s resilience inspire you to face every challenge with strength and grace. Happy National Wattle Day!”
“Let’s embrace the beauty of the golden wattle and the diversity of our nation on this National Wattle Day.”
Wishing everyone on the occasion of National Wattle Day. Just like the wattles bloom, I wish that the love for our country also blooms the same way in our hearts.
Spring is here and it is time to bid adieu to the chilly winters and get ready to enjoy the summer season soon. Happy National Wattle Day.
Warm greetings on National Wattle Day. The blooming wattle flowers always fill our hearts with greatest joys and make this day all the more special.
“Happy National Wattle Day! May the golden wattle remind us of the strength and beauty that Australia holds within its borders.”
“On this National Wattle Day, may the vibrant colors of the golden wattle brighten your day and fill your heart with Australian pride.”
“As the golden wattle blooms across our land, let’s appreciate the unique beauty of Australia and the unity of its people. Happy National Wattle Day!”
“On National Wattle Day, take a moment to reflect on the natural wonders of our country and the importance of preserving them for future generations.”
“Wishing you a National Wattle Day filled with the joy of nature and the pride of being a part of this beautiful land.”
“May the golden wattle’s resilience and vibrancy inspire us all to stand strong and celebrate the unique spirit of Australia. Happy National Wattle Day!”
“Let the golden wattle be a symbol of hope, strength, and unity as we celebrate National Wattle Day together.”
“Happy National Wattle Day! May the beauty of the golden wattle continue to bloom in our hearts and across our great land.”
“On this National Wattle Day, let’s honor the golden wattle and everything it represents – the beauty, resilience, and unity of Australia.”
“Wishing you a National Wattle Day filled with the joy of our country’s natural wonders and the pride of being an Aussie. Enjoy the golden glow!”
Feel free to share these quotes, wishes, and messages to celebrate National Wattle Day and to promote the beauty and unity of Australia.
As a national flower wattle has a special value to Australian people. There has also a remarkable history of this day that makes this National Wattle Day more significant.