Monday, January 26, 2015 will be known internationally as Australia Day. Similar to the Fourth of July, Australia Day is the official national holiday of Australia – it is celebrated annually on January 26. The holiday marks the arrival of a fleet of British ships in 1788 and the founding of a nation. Fast forward a few hundred years, Australia Day is a day of remembrance and celebration. Modern day Australians celebrate with family gatherings, parades, and ceremonies. Among the celebrations, an award is given to the Australian of the Year. But that might not be the only award handed out this year.
During the City of Perth Skyworks celebration, spectators are invited to take part in the largest simultaneous national flag waving challenge in the world. An estimated 60,000 flags will be on hand for spectators at the event to wave during the challenge. A local radio station will be at the event to countdown clock before the “big wave”. The 60,000 flag wavers are to be stationed along the river around 7:30pm. The current world record for most flags flown simultaneously is 56,000 people. The 60,000 flags set to be handed out at the Australia Day event would set a new world record.
Australia is no stranger to flag waving world records either. Australia also holds the world record for most different flags flown simultaneously with 219.
Source: Perth Now Sunday Times