Senator Seselja Celebrates Harmony Day in Canberra

Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja today encouraged people across Canberra to be part of Australia’s largest national multicultural event – Harmony Day 2014.

Friday the 21st of March will mark the 14th anniversary of Harmony Day. Each year, Harmony Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity of Australia and to recognise local groups and individuals.

To celebrate Harmony Day, thirteen landmarks across the country will bathed in orange light over the next two nights. Old Parliament House, The National Museum of Australia, Questacon and Telstra Tower make up four of the thirteen landmarks.

“Australia’s multicultural background has helped shape the communities we live in today,” said Senator Seselja.

“We have a rich history of migration. Since 1945, over seven million people have migrated to this country. Today around 45 per cent of us were born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas.

“As the son of immigrant parents I know the value that Harmony Day holds for many Canberrans and how important it is that we celebrate our different backgrounds and cultures.

“Over the years tens of thousands of Harmony Day events have been held by students, community groups, councils, small businesses and many others across Australia.

“The ACT is no exception, so far this year more than 40 events have been registered. These events include a number of school activities, workplace morning teas, ceremonies and performances.

“I encourage everyone in Canberra to join in by registering or attending an event this Friday, or connecting via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #HarmonyDay and #everyonebelongs,” Senator Seselja concluded.

For more information visit www.harmony.gov.au.