New Zealand Nuance #3: Remembrance Day

In the UK, our remembrance day is on the second Sunday of November. We also tend to observe a moment of silence for 2 minutes at 11am on 11 November. This date is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice which ended the First World War hostilities between Allied nations and Germany in 1918. 11 November is not a public holiday in the UK.

New Zealand’s day of remembrance is not the 11th November as it is in the UK. ANZAC day falls on 25th April and is always a public holiday.

The date relates primarily to the First World War where Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed party of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corp.


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