Recreation Day 2022: History, Significance and Activities

Recreation Day is a public holiday in Northern Tasmania, Australia which is annually celebrated on every first Monday of November. This year it falls on 7th November. 

It’s a bank holiday for those who observe it, which means they get to take the day off work, and schools are closed. As the name sounds this day is reserved for the people to carry out many recreational activities as they like. 

It is held on the first Monday in November, and was instituted to offset Regatta Day in southern Tasmania. It is observed in all parts of Tasmania north of (but not including) Oatlands and Swansea. This area includes Strathgordon, Tarraleah and the West Coast.

Event Recreation Day
Date November 7, 2022
Day Monday
Significance It’s a bank holiday encourage people towards recreational activities as they like.
Observed by Australia


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Recreation Day History: 

The term recreation appears to have been used in English first in the late 14th century, first in the sense of “refreshment or curing of a sick person”, and derived turn from Latin (re: “again”, creare: “to create, bring forth, beget”). People spend their time on activities of daily living, work, sleep, social duties and leisure, the latter time being free from prior commitments to physiologic or social needs, a prerequisite of recreation. 

Leisure has increased in modern times with increased longevity and, for many, with decreased hours spent for physical and economic survival, yet others argue that time pressure has increased for modern people, as they are committed to too many tasks. Other factors that account for an increased role of recreation are affluence, population trends, and increased commercialization of recreational offerings. As a result today it is very easy to find many recreational activities to perform all across the globe. 

Recreation Day does not have a great deal of historic, cultural or religious significance. Prior to 1989 it was simply known as the First Monday of November holiday. The Bank Holidays Act 1919 was amended in 1989 to delete all reference to the first Monday of November as a holiday. At that time it was proposed to make the day (known as Recreation Day) a holiday under the general powers of proclamation in section eight of that Act. 

In 1991 the state government decided that Recreation Day would be observed on November 11. This was to coincide with the final day of the Australian Pacing Championship due to be held in Launceston at that time. The government’s decision was proclaimed in the government gazette on September 18, 1991. Today, Recreation Day continues to be observed in northern Tasmania on the first Monday of November. Other parts of Tasmania do not observe this holiday. Instead they observe the Royal Hobart Regatta, which falls on the second Monday of February. 


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Recreation Day Significance: 

Recreation Day is a public holiday in northern Tasmania so many people in this area have a day off work. Many schools and businesses are closed in towns and cities such as Launceston. Some libraries, such as the University of Tasmania’s Launceston campus library, are open. People who intend on travelling via public transport on the day will need to check with their local transport authorities as transport schedules may vary from area to area on this day.

While one perception is that leisure is just “spare time”, time not consumed by the necessities of living, another holds that leisure is a force that allows individuals to consider and reflect on the values and realities that are missed in the activities of daily life, thus being an essential element of personal development and civilization. This direction of thought has even been extended to the view that leisure is the purpose of work, and a reward in itself.  Leisure is considered a human right under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Recreation Day is a holiday where one takes a day off to spend quality time and relaxation with their family and friends in appreciation of taking care of oneself and the people they cherish. Although this public holiday does not have any special connection with their history, culture, and religious traditions, it is a worthwhile event for many families, friends, and individuals who want to have a day off for a while in their usual daily routine. 

Recreation Day is a great time to promote physical activity and improve your mental health. This public holiday has a positive impact to build and strengthen relationships among families and friends in the community and neighborhood. Through bonding with close families and friends, people in northern Tasmania can experience fun activities with kids, teens, adults, and elderly ones. During Recreation Day, people can perform some recreational activities and tasks to enhance their physical and social skills. 


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Recreation Day Activities: 

Many people in northern Tasmania spend Recreation Day to catch up with family and friends and relax. Some people use the day to catch up on home maintenance or household chores. Others may spend time watching movies or enjoying outdoor activities as the weather heads towards the warmer months during the southern hemisphere’s summer. 

Many people play or watch sport on this day. Those who observe or take part in sporting events on this day tend to enjoy popular Australian sports, especially cricket and Australian rules football, commonly known as “Aussie rules” or “the footy”. Some libraries are open for university students, who may use the day to study and prepare for any upcoming exams. 

Some people also use this opportunity to binge watch TVs or internet on this day as said earlier the environment is hot during this time of the year so probably it is one if the best way to celebrate this day. Some people also likes to cook some special dishes for the day. Otherwise few also plan to go on a trip for this day as Tasmania is filled with natural wonders so it is a nice time to visit those amazing places. 

Most Searched FAQs on Recreation  Day: 

1. When is Recreation Day celebrated? 

Recreation Day is annually celebrated on every first Monday of November in Northern Tasmania, Australia. 

2. What is the public holiday for Southern Tasmania? 

Regatta Day is the public holiday for Southern Tasmania instead of Recreation Day in Northern Tasmania. 

3. How many public holidays are there in Tasmania 2022? 

The Australian state of Tasmania observes ten public holidays in 2022.

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