Initially, ANZAC Day was a mark of respect for those who served and sacrificed their lives in the so called 'Great War' of 1914-1918. This was meant to be the war, as many hoped, to end all wars. During the 1920s, Anzac Day became established as a national day of commemoration for the Australians and New Zealanders who had died during 'The Great War'. Every state in Australia observed some form of public holiday on Anzac Day for the first time in 1927. By the mid-1930s, all the traditions and rituals we know today were firmly established as part of the Anzac Day culture. Due to the large number of Australians living as expatriates, Anzac Day commemorations are now held in many places around the world on 25th of April, including Hong Kong.