Harmony day is celebrated in Australia on March 21st.
Here at learn and laugh Drummoyne we turned Harmony day into Harmony week to allow each child the opportunity to share information about their culture. Our diversity is what makes Australia such a great place to live. Harmony Day is a celebration of our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home.
The children engaged in many experiences over the week:
The children and educators dressed in their traditional cultural dress and/or in the colour orange. Orange is the official Harmony day colour.
The children brought in different images to represent something from their culture. Miss Rajani taught them some Nepalese dancing and Miss April showed them some Irish dancing steps.
Throughout the week the children traced their hands. They then decorated and cut them out. We put all the hands together to create a belonging tree. We had a discussion with the children about how all the hands are different and unique but we all belong.
The children engaged in conversations about their skin colour and how they are all different. They also learned about the different flags in the world and were eager to draw the flag of their families’ country.
During Harmony week we also celebrated the Hindu festival of colour and love, Holi. Our educator Jigna spoke to the children about the festival and invited them to take part in many activities related to this festival.