When I was living in New York I was often asked what I thought was a difference between Australian and American culture. I often cited, as an example, the First Tuesday in November. In America it is Election Day while in Australia it is Cup Day.
The biggest race in Australia is the Melbourne Cup. It is also a public holiday!
For over a hundred years the race has run on the First Tuesday in November. It started off as ‘cupday’ and became a carnival.
Innovation in fashion is also the name of the game. In 1965 the world media saw ‘superfilly Jean Shrimpton’ give birth to the ‘mini-skirt’ at this carnival.