Harmony Day – Celebrating Cultural Diversity


This week, in each state of Australia, we are celebrating Cultural Diversity with Harmony Day on the 21st March

 Harmony Week brings people together from all walks of life to promote community harmony and to celebrate the many cultures that make our country so vibrant. 

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There are some fascinating statistics about Australia’s diversity. 

Did you know:

*around 45 per cent of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was
*85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia 
*apart from English the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, 
Vietnamese, Tagalog/Filipino, Spanish and Hindi
*more than 60 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia
*92 per cent of Australians feel a great sense of belonging to our country
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The Origin of Harmony Week 

(information taken from http://www.omi.wa.gov.au/omi_harmony_week.cfm)

“This week coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid ‘pass laws’. Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the UN General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.”

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So, if you want to know how you can get involved in your state – click here for all the info 

You can jump on Facebook

You can check out Twitter

You can post a selfie on Instagram

Get involved and share and let people know that everyone is welcome

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Think about it for a minute…..

If we weren’t such a multicultural country we wouldn’t go for Yum Cha on the a Sunday; we wouldn’t be eating pasta or sipping cappuccinos; we wouldn’t be playing boules or bocce on the beach; there would be no butter chicken or naan bread;  we wouldn’t know about tai chi; there would be no chocolate; we probably wouldn’t wear sarongs and there would be no sushi!

What? No yum cha?

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This is not a world I want to live in!

I love to travel and try foods and experiences within a different culture from my own.  I love learning about what makes us different and in turn what makes us the same.  It’s interesting, it’s exhilarating and it makes me feel like I’m part of their world.  I also love that I can come home and live in a country where people from many cultures have been able to find a place to live in my world.

However, it’s not all about the food……

People from different cultures bring a different way of life, a different view of the world, a different perspective about life and death and rearing children and the importance of animals and and understanding of things we know nothing about, and they are all things that we can share and learn from each other.

Now, hand over the dumplings and nobody gets hurt!

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