South Australians encouraged to get involved in Harmony Day
Barbeques, art shows and cultural events are being held across South Australia today to celebrate the 15th annual Harmony Day.
Multicultural Affairs Minister Zoe Bettison said Harmony Day, an Australian Government initiative, celebrates Australia's cultural diversity and promotes a sense of belonging for everyone.
It is celebrated by people wearing the colour orange and coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
"The day is really about inclusiveness and respect, irrespective of where people originate from or what religious beliefs they observe," Ms Bettison said.
"This event continues to grow each year and yesterday it was great to see so many South Australian schools get involved with school playgrounds a sea of orange.
"Migrants continue to play an important role in South Australian society and it's important we have a day to recognise the contribution of the more than 22 per cent of people in this state who were born overseas."
Ms Bettison visited the Parafield Gardens R-7 School yesterday for its Harmony Day celebrations. The school is a registered Save the Children United Nations Peace School.
"It was great to see so many young people celebrating what makes us unique as a community," she said.
"I encourage people to visit the Harmony Day website and check out some of the great events being held throughout South Australia.
For more information visit www.harmony.gov.au