21 March is “Harmony Day” in Australia
The message of Harmony Day is Everyone Belongs. It is a day to celebrate Australia’s diversity. It is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. There are many ways we can celebrate Harmony Day – through sport, dance, art, film, music, storytelling, cooking and sharing cultural meals. By participating in Harmony Day activities we can learn and understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and make it a better place.
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Around 7 million people have migrated to Australia since 1945, we identify with approximately 300 ancestries, and 45 percent of Australians are either born overseas or have a parent who were. On 21st March each year, workplaces are encouraged to hold a lunch or a meal celebrating our diversity, with food from around the globe.
Harmony Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is a day of cultural respect, widely celebrated across schools, childcare centres, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies. No matter our species or the colour of our skin, we can live together in harmony and share this beautiful world we live in!