21st March 2020
Harmony Day is a day to celebrate Australia’s diversity. It is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. The aim is to encourage and engage people to participate and get involved within their community, respect cultural, and religious diversity and to foster a sense of belonging to one another.
Harmony Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination which recognises the importance of communities and nations to strive towards racial equality and tolerance.
Since 1999, Harmony Day has been celebrated in schools, children’s centres, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies.
In schools they celebrate inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for all Australians, from the traditional owners of the land to those who come form many countries around the world. There is an ongoing theme “everyone belongs”. By participating in Harmony Day activities we are learning and understanding how all Australians are equal and what they all contribute to the nation in order to grown and enrich our lives.
Diversity in Australia
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have lived in Australia for thousands of years, but most of Australia’s population is made up of families who have moved here in the last 200 years, and everyone has a different and varied background. The different cultures in Australia bring along different foods, ways of dressing, languages, religions and beliefs. Harmony Day is a way of celebrating these differences and embracing new cultures, to included everyone into today’s society.
Immigration in Australia
The meaning of immigration is the act of coming to live permanently in a foreign country. With over 208,000 people arriving in Australia in 2017, the numbers are only be set to grow, with Australia having so much appeal to the other nations with our way of life and culture. The first fleet arrived in Australia in 1788 and was made up of 11 ships carrying English convicts and officers. Australia was originally used a place to send criminals from the overflowing jails in England. By 1860 over three quarters of Australians were from England, Ireland and Wales.
Show your support and Wear Orange
Orange is the chosen colour for Harmony Day. Traditional Orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. Please choose to wear something orange on 21 March to show your support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia
Get Involved in your Local Area
Harmony Day is about coming together to celebrate the cultural diversity in your local area, and help spread the message ‘everyone belongs’
Here are some local everts happening on Harmony Day, so get involved and show your support.
Saturday 21st March 10am – 10.45am – Wallsend Library, 30 Bunn Street Wallsend
Join in this family fun morning, with performances, stories and puppets shows, play games, sing songs and celebrate. Booking is essential – so don’t miss out in this free event. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/saturday-family-fun-celebrate-harmony-day-wallsend-library-tickets-92156230767
Saturday 21st March 3.30pm-8.30pm – Flavours by the Sea – Marine Parade, The Entrance
Celebrate Harmony day with this multicultural event, Flavors by the Sea, help to celebrate the regions diversity. Enjoy spectacular food, music and local art. This is sure to be a fun filled family event located on the Central Coast.
Saturday 21st March 10am-11am Gosford Library, 118 Donnison Street Gosford
Harmony day shares the same day with world Poetry Day, and this year Gosford Library are holding their first ever poets’ breakfast. Bring along your favourite poem to read to the group. Limited places available to booking is essential. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/world-poetry-day-poets-breakfast-gosford-library-tickets-93201168203
To live harmoniously in Australia, it is essential that we ensure everyone from different backgrounds are made to feel equal and involved, and they are treated with fairness and respect. People may speak differently, dress differently, have different religions and belief systems, so learning and understanding the differences is ultimately what Harmony Day was designed to do.
Differences are what make individuals unique and special
ConnectAbility continues to share the same passion, and we are passionate about providing a sense of community, social diversity, and compassion to those in our community who are living with a disability or require aged care support.
ConnectAbility provide in home personal care and assistance to people who are living with a disability but would like to continue to live an independent life. We have a broad range of personalised support to older community members, children and young people who are living with a disability. Get in touch to find our how we can assist you and for your family https://www.connectability.org.au/