What is commemoration?

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Celebration or Commemoration?

A celebration is the act of showing appreciation. It could be a social gathering for entertainment or fun.

A commemoration is a special time for remembering or honouring a person or event. A commemoration usually happens every year on the same date. This is often a serious occasion, where you remember lost lives, tragic events or offer respectful gratitude for sacrifices made by others in the past.

Knowing these definitions, think about the following questions:

  • What events do you celebrate with your family?

  • What events do you celebrate with your friends?

  • What events do you celebrate with your community?

On the other hand:

  • What events do you commemorate?

  • Do you commemorate these events with your school or community?

  • Are there any special dates you might commemorate just with your family?

Time to Sort: Are the following events celebrations or commemorations?

Celebration? Commemoration?
New Year's Eve
Birthday party
National Sorry Day
School graduation
Wedding Anniversary
Australia Day
Remembrance Day

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