Every year on 21 March we celebrate Harmony Day, a day when Australia celebrates it’s cultural diversity. It is fitting that we have a significant celebration here in the Capital City that is a beacon of how we can be a harmonious community.
Our celebrations include a Citizenship Ceremony for a record breaking 300 new citizens from 45 different countries. My hand is aching from signing all those certificates. What a wonderful way to celebrate our diversity by welcoming so many more people into our wonderful cultural mix.
The Civic Centre will be awash with a wonderful orange hue, the signature colour for the celebration. The Libraries have a full program of activities and we also have a fun day at Malak for the under 5s. The Sister Cities program will also be holding a special celebration.
Why is it important to celebrate this day? Our recognition and celebration of our rich cultural diversity helps to remind us that there is so much value in that diversity. We are still relatively small in population and so it is much easier to get to know the various people that make up our community. Each connection is significant in building a connected community. Connected communities are much more resilient, respectful and resourceful.
Harmony Day is a day for all Australians to celebrate and if it is only by saying g’day to your neighbour from another country, do it. You will never know how rich your life can become by embracing our diversity unless you give it a go.