Wear orange for Harmony Day
Faith onLine reflection on World Harmony Day
Australia has much to be proud of in terms of its Indigenous and multicultural traditions. While the First Australians have been on this continent for more than 60,000 years, more recent arrivals have come from the four corners of the globe.
On March 21 with the annual Harmony Day, Australians have the opportunity to celebrate our cultural diversity. The event will coincide with the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
People are encouraged to wear orange, the anti-discrimination colour. This year’s theme is ‘Everyone belongs’.
Harmony Day celebrates multiculturalism and the differences that make us unique. It is part of Harmony Week that will be held from March 20 to 26. First celebrated in 1999, Harmony Week recognises Australia’s diversity and aims to promote acceptance and inclusivity.
Australia has a long history of multiculturalism. There are many different Indigenous Australian languages spoken across Australia today. However, many people still face racism, so while Harmony Week is a celebration, it also highlights discrimination.
On Harmony Day, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, in particular, are a focus point for discussions and celebration. The event is an opportunity to educate society on the value and importance of other cultures and encourages us to continue to build bridges between the many wonderful cultures and ethnicities that make up Australia.
Schools are a special focus for Harmony Day. Activities include school and college fairs, assemblies and events to mark the day’s significance; and communal groups hosting tea parties and get-togethers to welcome people of different backgrounds.
More details at: www.harmony.gov.au/resources
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