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In 2019, the Department will lead national celebrations for the 20th anniversary of Harmony Day. This year the event was renamed Harmony Week to recognise the diversity and inclusion activities that take place during the entire week. Harmony Week included 21 March, which is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Since 1999, more than 77,000 Harmony Week events have been held in childcare centres, schools, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies across Australia.

What is Harmony Week?

It is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community.

Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.

Why orange?

Orange was the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect.

Our cultural diversity

Australia is a vibrant and multicultural country — from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world.

Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are. It makes Australia a great place to live.

An integrated multicultural Australia is an integral part of our national identity. All people who migrate to Australia bring with them some of their own cultural and religious traditions, as well as taking on many new traditions. Collectively, these traditions have enriched our nation.

Where to from here?

We will continue to speak about the difference and similarities we all possess. We encourage all families to bring in a photo of your family to add to our family wall. This will continue to show the children that even if we come from different places we are all equal.

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