Harmony Day encourages participation

HARMONIOUS: Alpine Shire cultural advocate Elvira Casagrandi and Myrtleford Neighborhood Centre’s Gill Graham have been busily organising festivities for Harmony Day this Saturday.

ALPINE Shire residents are invited to join in the celebrations of Harmony Day this Saturday in Myrtleford and Bright.

Harmony Day is held every year on March 21, and coincides with the United Nations international day for the elimination of racial discrimination.

The message of Harmony Day is – everyone belongs and Australia is becoming an increasingly diverse nation.

Around 45 per cent of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was, more than 60 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia and apart from English the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Vietnamese, Tagalog/Filipino, Spanish and Hindi.

Myrtleford and district residents can attend the celebration at the Myrtleford Neighborhood Centre and sample some traditional foods, see the Migrant Journey Multicultural Reflections Project and join in some laughs with the Myrtleford Laughter Club.

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