Planning Harmony Week

Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. In schools we celebrate inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for all Australians, from the traditional custodians of the land to those who have come from many countries around the world.

Harmony Week occurs in March each year and includes 21 March, the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The ongoing theme of Harmony Week is ‘everyone belongs’. Harmony Week is a time of cultural respect for all. By participating in Harmony Week activities, we can learn and understand how all Australians equally belong to this nation and enrich it.

Wear orange

The following excerpt is taken from the Harmony Week website.

Orange is 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. Australians can choose to wear something orange during Harmony Week to show their support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia.

How schools can be involved

Image: Teachers and students celebrating Harmony Week


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