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By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Aussie expats, travelers and their friends in Rio are excited to celebrate Australia Day, their national holiday, in Brazil this evening. An informal event organized by expatriate Bel Casson has grown into a sizable shindig with hundreds of people RSVP'd to attend, starting tonight at 7PM at Bar 48 in Ipanema.

The Australian national holiday marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur . . .

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