Harmony Day is a celebration of cultural, racial and religious differences, promoting respect, fairness and a sense of belonging for everyone.
Harmony Day is celebrated in March every year with schools across the country organising events that celebrate the cohesive and inclusive nature of Australians.
It’s a day where activities and celebrations help students to understand how Australians of different backgrounds live together.
It provides a great opportunity for students to learn that not only do they share common ground with other cultures, but also that our differences make Australia a special place to live.
All the different cultures that come together in Australia bring many things with them: different foods, ways of dressing, languages, customs and beliefs.
Harmony Day is about celebrating these differences and learning about new cultures.
We celebrated Harmony Day this week at the school where I teach. It was a fabulous day where all the students took part in short group activities that rotated throughout the morning. Then after lunch the whole school came together to enjoy a ‘Cultural Expo’ where families of the children had a table to display their country of origin. There were 15 tables representing countries such as: Indonesia, China, Persia, Venezuela, Croatia, United Kingdom, France, India, Japan, Bahrain, USA, Australia and Spain. Most tables had traditional food, costumes, artifacts and interesting facts about the country. The children were in groups and packed their bags, grabbed their passports and boarded the imaginary plane and went from country to country. When they got to each table, their passports were stamped and cross-cultural exchanges began. Children tried foods they had never experienced. Saw items for the first time and learnt about them. Played special musical instruments. Enjoyed learning about the types of things from another country. A lot of parents and grandparents took part in the expo and wore traditional costumes. The expo was opened with one young girl in traditional Indian dress performing a special dance.
During the middle of the hustle and bustle of the afternoon I stopped and looked around. It was so exciting to see all of our children sharing experiences from other countries and really thriving on the excitement the expo provided. It made me think back to my own childhood experiences at primary school and about there never being anyone from any other country. I grew up in a small town where going to the Chinese restaurant was like another land, and by far the biggest thing for the year was celebrating St Patrick’s day with the Irish community and I thought that was all about green beer, and leprechauns!
I completely admire the children at our school and in our community. They are from all over the world and have united in such a way that it truly shows the multicultural society we have in Australia and thoroughly encompasses the inclusion of all our differences.
Here’s to living harmoniously!
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