Harmony Day

Harmony Day Quick Facts

Hashtags#HarmonyDay, #EveryoneBelongs, #HappyHarmonyDay
2020 Date21 March 2020
2021 Date21 March 2021
Harmony Day

Harmony Day History

Harmony Day celebrates Australia's diverse and multicultural society. The day also serves to emphasise respect, inclusion and a sense of belonging for all Australians. The central concept and message behind Harmony Day is Everyone belongs, a message that embraces diversity and promotes inclusiveness.

Harmony Day is celebrated annually since 1999 on 21 March in order to coincide with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The day is organised by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

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Harmony Day Facts & Quotes

  • Approximately 45% of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was.
  • Over 60 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia. This doesn't even include the myriad of languages spoken by immigrants in recent decades.
  • The top five languages spoken in Australia are English, Mandarin, Italian, Arabic and Cantonese.
  • The top 5 countries from which people have immigrated to Australia are England, New Zealand, China, India and Italy.
  • Once people come to Australia, they join the team. - Tony Abbott, Former Australian Prime Minister

Harmony Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Host a food festival in your school, workplace or home. Invite your friends, family and colleagues and have everyone bring a food dish from their cultural background.
  • Wear orange, the colour of anti-discrimination and inclusiveness worn on the coinciding United Nations Day.
  • Raise awareness for the day on social media by using hashtags #HarmonyDay, #Inclusiveness and #EveryoneBelongs.
  • Watch a documentary about discrimination to further understand the meaning of the day and the impact of its message, inclusiveness. Some of our recommendations: A Matter of Place, DiscrimiNation and A Class Divided.
  • Track down your lineage. Since Australia was relatively unpopulated 200 years ago, some recent ancestors must be immigrants. Several online sites and online government documents such as census data and ship records can help you locate your ancestors.

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