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Harmony Day in Australia

March 21 is Australia’s Harmony Day, which celebrates the country’s cultural diversity. It coincides with the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Australians unite in orange to support cultural diversity on Harmony Day.
Australians unite in orange to support cultural diversity on Harmony Day.

Celebrate Harmony Day

Morning teas, fairs, concerts, school assemblies, sporting events and national costume days are among the different events that have been staged to showcase cultures, traditions and backgrounds. Harmony Day is promoted via different media, such as Facebook and Twitter. Orange has often been worn to promote Harmony Day since it was first celebrated in Australia in 1999.

Public Life

Harmony Day is a national observance and not a public holiday in Australia.

About Harmony Day

Harmony Day is an Australian Government program that centers on the message that “Everyone belongs”, reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness to all Australians. Since 1999, thousands of Harmony Day events have been staged in childcare centers, schools, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies across Australia.

Harmony Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
SunMar 212010Harmony DayObservance 
MonMar 212011Harmony DayObservance 
WedMar 212012Harmony DayObservance 
ThuMar 212013Harmony DayObservance 
FriMar 212014Harmony DayObservance 
SatMar 212015Harmony DayObservance 
MonMar 212016Harmony DayObservance 
TueMar 212017Harmony DayObservance 
WedMar 212018Harmony DayObservance 
ThuMar 212019Harmony DayObservance 
SatMar 212020Harmony DayObservance 

Quick Facts

Harmony Day is a national observance that celebrates Australia’s cultural, linguistic and religious diversity on March 21 every year.

Harmony Day 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

Harmony Day 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Name in other languages

Harmony DayEnglish
Harmony DayGerman

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in March 2016 in Australia

United Nation Holidays on March 21, 2016

Fun Holiday on March 21, 2016

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