Anzac Day occurs every year on the 25th of April. It commemorates all the New Zealanders killed in war and also honours servicemen and women who bravely serve New Zealand in wars and conflicts.
The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the Anzacs – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. The landing led to a huge battle and thousands lost their lives.
This year is very significant because it marks the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli battle.
The 25th of April falls on a Saturday so this year the public holiday will be moved to Monday the 27th of April. Schools, government offices and many businesses will be closed.
So what do people do on ANZAC day?
Many New Zealanders attend parades, dawn services or commemorative ceremonies on Anzac Day. Returned servicemen and women wear their medals and march behind banners. ANZAC day is a very special day for New Zealanders all across the country.
ANZAC activities 2015:
To mark the WWI centenary, Te Papa Museum in Wellington and Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop have collaborated to create an incredible exhibition called, "Gallipoli: The Scale of our War". If you're in Wellington, this is a must-do over ANZAC weekend.
Auckland Museum has a Dawn Service every year and this year will be extra special, read more here: https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/whats-on/war-memorial/anzac-day-commemorations