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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.

Is Harmony Day a Public Holiday?

Harmony Day is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

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

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