Canberra Day is a public holiday that has been held annually on the second Monday in March since 2007 (it was held on the third Monday in March until 2007) and is accompanied by a cultural festival. In this way, Australians celebrate the day when the capital of the country got its name. For the Australian Capital Territory, ACT (eng. Australian Capital Territory, ACT) this day is a holiday.
For many years, the territory of the modern city was inhabited by Aboriginal tribes. Archaeological excavations show that Canberra has been inhabited for 21 thousand years ago. It is believed that the name "Canberra" comes from the language of one of the local tribes - Ngabri - as a variation of the word "kambera" or "camberi" ("meeting place").
Europeans began to settle in the city in the 20s of the 19th century. The year 1826 can be considered the official beginning of mass settlements. It was then that entrepreneur Joshua John Moore bought land here and named the property Canberry.