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Harmony Week – Celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity

Australia celebrates cultural diversity in our country on March 21st, which coincides with United Nations ‘International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’. The uniting colour to wear on Harmony Day is orange – one of the QCWA Country Kitchens core colours! The QCWA Country Kitchens Program team are excited to support Harmony Day.

Harmony Week celebrates Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community. As one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world, Australia enjoys celebrating cultural diversity with events that include food, friendship, sport, music and entertainment.

The diverse range of cultures in Australia has had a great impact on the Australian diet and we can see global recipes and flavours throughout the country. British, American, Asian, Indian, European and Mediterranean influences have changed the way we eat over the years. Spices such as chilli, cumin, coriander and turmeric are often used in cooking to add flavour without the need to add salt. Australia has an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables available and we recommend you always fill half your plate with vegetables. The Mediterranean diet is usually high in vegetables, fruit, wholegrains, nuts and seeds and olive oil which may assist you to reach your five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit each day for better health!

As a local organisation with community leaders, QCWA is at the heart of Harmony Week. How can you get involved and spread the message of “everyone belongs”?

  • Host a Harmony Week morning tea using Country Kitchens healthy recipes
  • A photo competition with images that capture diversity, respect, multiculturalism and sense of belonging
  • Host a Crafty Foodie morning – check the Country Kitchens website a variety of crafty foodie ideas for those who love handcrafts, including the Felt Foodie Book guide.
  • A food festival, inviting local community groups to share their cultural meals
  • An Art Show where local artists can come and share knowledge about their culture and art.
  • Organise a community fun run with healthy morning tea to celebrate. To find some healthy recipe ideas, visit the Country Kitchens website or purchase one of our cookbooks https://www.qcwa.org.au/countrykitchens/

Did you know?

  • More than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.
  • Nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was.
  • We identify with over 300 ancestries.
  • Since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia.
  • 85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia.
  • Apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi.

For more information and to access the event planning kit for communities, visit the Harmony Week website https://www.harmony.gov.au/

References

https://www.abs.gov.au/

https://www.harmony.gov.au/

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