Harmony Day is celebrated in Australia every year on 21 March to coincide with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Harmony Day aims to engage people to participate in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity and foster a sense of belonging for everyone.
Australia is a diverse and multicultural country – from our first Australians to our newest arrivals from around the world. More than 60 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia, around 45% of people born overseas or have at least one parent who was, and we identify with about 300 ancestries.
Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths, which is particularly reflected through the vibrant communities of Western Sydney, making it a great place to live.
Show your support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia on 21 March by wearing something orange. Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Day. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect.
Visit the Harmony Day website to find out more about this annual celebration and to search for events happening near you.
In Blacktown there will be a Harmony Day event held at Bowman Hall (Campbell Street) on 22 March 2017, hosted by SydWest Multicultural Services. For more information, contact SydWest or visit the Harmony Day in Blacktown Facebook event page.
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