Harmony Day is coming up in March, and there are plenty of ways you can celebrate this special day.
This year, the theme is sport – and everyone is encouraged to participate. There will be several activities to do throughout the day, and you can host your own event at your home or elsewhere with your friends and family. Suggested ideas include playing the 'harmony game', which is a soccer game anyone can join into. You can also catch the World Game on SBS (you can download your Harmony Game toolkit from the website). You can also engage in alternative activities other than sports, including arts and crafts, by symbolising the unity between different cultures (through a poster or art competition). You can also hold talks in your school, work or social group about culture and diversity. Whatever you choose to, make sure it's fun, interactive and involves the participation of everyone.
As an annual commemoration, this day is a day where we embrace other people and unite in a common purpose to spread harmony in our society. Harmony Day first started in 1999, and since then schools, community groups, and organisations have held over 25 000 Harmony Day events. This day is organised by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), which continues to play an active role in ensuring that the message of harmony is presented to all Australians. As an international celebration and a national one, Harmony Day is simply a chance to unite with people around the world celebrating the fact that 'Everyone Belongs'. So check out the website on further ways you can be involved.
There are several ways that you can promote this special day in your school, work or community. There are an assortment of printouts, including badges, posters, flyers and more which you can download or print off the website. You can also show your support while you are out and about by purchasing your own Twibbon, either in participating shopping outlets or online. So let your friends know and note down the 21st of March for Harmony Day. And remember the message of Harmony Day – Play, Engage, Inspire.