Royal National Agricultural Show Day Queensland 2020: History and Significance of the Ekka Day
The Royal National Agricultural (RNA) Show Day Queensland, generally called the Ekka, is held in Brisbane, Queensland’s capital in Australia. It is typically held on the second or third Wednesday of August. This year it is on August 12, 2020. In any case, the Royal Queensland Show, the Ekka, for 2020 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) CEO, Brendan Christou, said this was just the third time in history the annual event, due to be held in August, would not proceed.
“The first was in 1919 with the Spanish Influenza, the second one was in World War II, and the third of course in 2020 because of COVID-19,” he said.
The public holiday for Ekka Day has authoritatively been moved from Wednesday to Friday to make a long weekend to help the state’s travel industry, which is battling even with the progressing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ekka holiday is ordinarily the sixth day of The Royal Queensland Show and is a public holiday for individuals living and working within Brisbane city. It is otherwise called Ekka People’s Day and Brisbane Show Day.
What is the Royal National Agricultural Show Day Queensland Holiday?
The Royal National Agricultural (RNA) Show Day is held in Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, in Australia. It is generally on the second Wednesday of August except when there are five Wednesdays in August when it is held on the third Wednesday. The holiday predominantly influences individuals living in the Brisbane territory, albeit different districts all through the state have a comparable holiday to the Ekka holiday for their local shows. This holiday is otherwise called the Royal Queensland Show holiday, the Exhibition holiday, or the Ekka holiday.
History of Ekka People’s Day
The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) is the biggest and most loved annual event in Queensland, attracting on average 400,000 individuals to the Brisbane Showgrounds over the 10 days of the show.
The show praises agriculture in the region and highlight rivalries for creatures from cows to cats and prize vegetables and traditional skills like wood chopping. There is likewise a well-known funfair with a Ferris wheel. Guests can be seen nibbling on Dagwood Dogs, a corn dog, or purchasing bags of candies and treats called show bags.
The show started in 1876, which was a public holiday, and has occurred every year since except for 1919 (Spanish Flu) and 1942 (World War II).
The first ‘Royal’ Show occurred in 1921 after the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland has conceded the Royal prefix under a warrant from His Majesty King George V.
The name ‘Ekka’ is an abbreviated version of the Queensland pronunciation of ‘Exhibition’.
The public holiday consistently happens on a Wednesday. This is at the request of the RNA who organizes the Show Day.
The show is an awesome method to celebrate Queensland’s rich history and its traditions for both Queenslanders and tourists. There’s something for everybody to appreciate at Ekka, making it a novel event.