When I was growing up there was no Harmony Day. With its inception by the time I was an adult, it has promoted greater visibility, acknowledgement and integration of all cultures within Australian society, assisting the demise of the long-held White Australia Policy. In my opinion it’s a good thing that this shameful practice, held since Federation, is being replaced by more enlightened thinking.
Harmony Day is regularly celebrated across communities in Australia. Local councils hold festivities – in our government-endorsed Harmony Week – and schools host multicultural food and games, often highlighting the demographics within their student population.
Harmony Day falls under the category of Human Rights, and is
a day to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, based on the successful integration of migrants into our community. Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. Held every year on 21 March. The Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Since 1999, more than 70,000 Harmony Day events have been held in childcare centres, schools, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies across Australia.https://www.thereisadayforthat.com/holidays/australia/harmony-day
It’s a time for multiculturalism to shine – and Australia is a nation built on multiculturalism. It’s a time for abundance of delicious foods and great music from minority populations, that are often not as visible in the mainstream. It’s a time for amazing artworks which liven up our public spaces.
Makes me wonder though … shouldn’t every day be a harmonious day? That’s what I strive for. Although then this event wouldn’t be special, right? (Can worthwhile values ever be considered not-special?)
Have a harmonious day, and a harmonious week.