Whilst Quirindi Library practices the essence of Harmony Day throughout the year, respecting cultural and religious diversity and fostering a sense of belonging for everyone, a special celebration will be held on Tuesday 14 March, between 11am and 1pm, to which members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend. The celebration will include Colourfest Short Films concluding with an international lunch. Attendees are asked to bring a plate of food that showcases their culture. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by Friday 10 March via 6746 2350, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or on Quirindi Library’s Facebook page.
At Werris Creek library a display of children’s books that feature people from diverse backgrounds and nurture understanding will be featured in the run up to Harmony Day.
“Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home, from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. The message is Everyone Belongs. Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and makes Australia a great place to live”, said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“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. It is important to keep in mind approximately 45% of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was, we identify with about 300 ancestries and since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia. More than 60 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia and apart from English, the most common languages spoken are Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Vietnamese, Tagalog/Filipino, Spanish and Hindi,” he continued.
“Although Quirindi library is running their local event on March 14, Nationally it will be held on 21 March to coincide with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Werris Creek library will feature its display on the run up to this date. 85% of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia and I encourage our community to join the celebrations,” Councillor Hope concluded.