New to teaching or looking for a fresh perspective for your Harmony Day lessons? Check out this primer on all things Harmony Day from the teachers of Teach Starter!
When Is Harmony Day 2023?Since 1999, Harmony Day has traditionally been celebrated on the 21st of March in Australia, and that means it will be marked on a Tuesday in 2023.
What Is Harmony Day?You may already be familiar with the concept of Harmony Day, but do you know where it came from or why we celebrate? Harmony Day was established by the Australian government in 1999 as a way to recognise and celebrate the country's cultural diversity and to promote a sense of belonging for everyone. The goal is to promote mutual respect and understanding amongst all Australians, regardless of their cultural backgrounds. The event is meant to be inclusive, and everyone is welcome to participate and celebrate Australia's cultural diversity. On Harmony Day, people are encouraged to wear orange as it's the color of the Harmony Day campaign. Orange is chosen as it represents social communication and meaningful conversations.
How to Celebrate Harmony Day in Your ClassroomHarmony Day is not a public holiday, so students will be in attendance at school on the event. That means you may want to incorporate the day into your lesson planning, and we have you covered with some of our favourite ways to promote understanding and appreciation of different cultures amongst primary students
- Cultural storytelling: Encourage students to share stories from their own cultures with their classmates. This can be done in a variety of formats, such as through written narratives, oral presentations, or even videos.
- Cooking and Food Tasting: Invite students to bring in traditional dishes from their cultures for a taste-testing event. This can be a fun way for students to learn about the different flavours and ingredients used in different cuisines.
- Art Projects: Encourage students to create artwork that reflects their own cultures or that depicts aspects of different cultures. This can include painting, drawing, or even sculpture.
- Cultural Dress-Up Day: Invite students to dress in the traditional dress of their respective cultures.
- Music and Dance: Invite students to share traditional songs and dances from their cultures with their classmates. This can be done through performances or even through a cultural dance workshop.
- Language Learning: Teach your students a few common greetings, phrases, or even numbers in different languages. Explore our extensive languages other than English collections for help getting started!