Hug An Australian Day

Hug an Australian Day is an international holiday observed each year on the 26th day of April. It’s a holiday designed to show appreciation to Australians for the love and support they provide all year long. It’s also a day that shows appreciation for Aussie culture — even though you can’t really hug culture, can you?

That’s why people are encouraged to hug an Australian friend on this day. If a person doesn’t know an Aussie in real life, then they can take the time to give a virtual hug to someone through social media by using the hashtag #HugAnAustralianDay.

The History of Hug an Australian Day

As is usually the case with quirky holidays, this day was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of This website sells herbal supplements, but it’s also a site where this couple has a bit of fun by creating cool and fairly unusual holidays.

Some of the holidays they’ve created include Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, Let It Go Day, and let’s not forget, Take Your Houseplants for a Walk Day. They created Hug an Australian Day a few years ago, and now it appears that it’s actually becoming a holiday that people are talking about.

Observing Hug an Australian Day

As we stated earlier, this holiday can be easily observed by giving an Aussie friend a hug on this day. While you’re hugging them, you can tell them that it’s Hug an Australian Day. This is also a good day for people to experience some Australian culture.

If you can take a trip to Australia, then this is a good day to do it. If not, you can enjoy trying some Australian foods such as fairy bread, meat pies, Anzac biscuits, pavlova, or Vegemite.

To be honest, we enjoy most of the foods on the previous list, but we were never able to come to enjoy Vegemite. But then again, it’s supposed to be an acquired taste, so maybe we just haven’t acquired that taste!

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 26 Friday
Next year (2025)
April 26 Saturday
Last year (2023)
April 26 Wednesday
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