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    Australians celebrate their official national day today, January 26 - the anniversary of the First Fleet of convict ships from Great Britain, arriving in Australia, carrying the first European settlers.

    Sydneysiders heralded Australia Day Wednesday by celebrating the many unique aspects of their culture.

    The day started out with an indigenous Woggan-ma-gule, a "meeting of the waters" ceremony at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

    The area is an important ceremonial place for the Aboriginal Gadigal people who once lived there.

    The Australian military fired a 21 gun salute in honor of the day, as thousands celebrated on and near Sydney Harbor.

    Others celebrated the day at home with friends and family.

    "I think on Australia Day we should all mix together. We are a multicultural country, and that's the way we should be. We're all friends."

    Citizenship ceremonies were carried out across the country, with a total of 14,000 people becoming new Australians.

    "It's a really great feeling after becoming Aussie, Aussie, Aussie."

    The famous Bondi beach was the destination of choice for many people. Hundreds bobbed on the waters on inflatable rafts in the shape of thongs, or flip-flops, celebrating Australia's love for beach footwear. A record was set this year, with 2068 inflatable thongs floating at sea.