25 ways to celebrate Harmony Day
By Administrator | 13 March 2017
Celebrating Harmony Day on 21 March can be done in any way that suits your library and community – individually, in groups, quietly, loudly, quickly, spontaneously – it’s up to you! All it takes is an idea that you can use to fit your needs. Here is a list of suggested activities that will serve as a good place to begin.
Gather your community to learn more about what Harmony Day means to all of us.
- Contact all multicultural groups in your community and ask their how they could celebrate in the library
- Download and enjoy these simple Harmony Day art and craft activities
- Put an atlas on the wall for all users to pinpoint their origins
- Host a welcome to your library morning tea – provide or invite them to bring food from their country and show them how the library can become a (larger) part of their life
- Invite local elders for morning tea and discuss how the library can better support their needs
- Order LOTE resources from State Library
- Play music from all over the world for the day
- Invite your community to provide feedback on how we should be expanding our current LOTE collection
- Invite guest speaker/s to share their stories
- Share your favourite Harmony Day moments on social media with instaframes
- Ask and record your visitors talking about what Harmony Day means to them
- Host an international scavenger hunt – ask participants to collect items that originate from different parts of the world
- Display greetings and other simple phrases in languages from all over the world
- Find ideas on the Public Libraries Connect multicultural resources page
- Choose a genre and display items from many different countries
- Investigate how technology can bring people together and break down barriers
- Put up signs to show where in the world the different parts of your building/ furniture/ plants come from
- Complete the Chatterbox Challenge
- Remove one of the barriers – recent feedback from social work students, Moksha Anand and Phuong Lan Do, working with State Library identified a number of barriers to multicultural communities engaging with public libraries, including increasing awareness of services available; building English language competency; and transport
- Hold a cross-cultural movie night
- Invite contributions to a multicultural art exhibition
- Provide classes to learn dances from different parts of the world
- Post a list of suggested readings related to appreciating diversity or about the diverse communities in your area
- Promote information about access to international newspapers
- Make it a cultural dress-up day
No matter how you choose to recognise this day in your library, the main objective should be to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity – Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
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