Thursday, 19 March 2020
With Wodonga TAFE celebrating Harmony Week we thought we would share with you just what Harmony Week is, why it’s important and what you can do to show your support!
What is Harmony Week?
Harmony Week is all about celebrating the different and incredible cultures that make up our country. It’s a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world.
We identify with approximately 300 ancestries, around 7.2 million people have migrated to Australia since 1945, 45% of Australians are either born overseas or have a parent who was, and Harmony Week has been celebrated with 55,000 events since it began in 1999.
Why is Harmony Week important?
Harmony week promotes diversity and acceptance of other cultures. Its aim is to start a conversation about heritage, communities and culture and spread the message of ‘everyone belongs’.
Why do we wear orange during Harmony Week?
Orange is the colour chosen to present Harmony Week as it traditionally signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect.
How Can I show my support for Harmony Day?
Getting involved can be as simple as hosting an event or participating in an event at your school or workplace. Many communities are celebrating Harmony Week in their own way, this can include morning teas, costume days or other activities that allow you to showcase cultures, traditions and backgrounds.
Facts and Figures
Did you know?
- Since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia
- 85% of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for the country
- Apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi
- More than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.
To find out more about the significance of Harmony Week, visit www.harmony.gov.au.