Federal Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland MP, held a morning tea at the Glenwood Hub on Thursday, 22 March to celebrate Harmony Day 2018. More than 100 guests came together to enjoy the event.
This is the third annual Harmony Day event that Michelle Rowland has held to celebrate the diverse cultures and communities that call Blacktown city home.
Local residents from across the community cooked traditional dishes to bring along and share. These ranged from Indian dhokla to New Zealand Afghan biscuits, along with some iconic Australian Wagon Wheel biscuits.
The Harmony Day celebration included contributions from The Hindu Council, Sri Om Care, the Blacktown Bahá'í Community and PECOSA Australia. The audience was treated to traditional music, dance, a Hindu welcoming prayer and even a yoga demonstration!
School leaders from local schools also attended the event, including representatives from Glenwood High School, Blacktown Girls High School, John Palmer Public School and Parklea Public School. The students spoke eloquently about what Harmony Day means to them and how diversity makes the community strong.
“Harmony Day is a wonderful celebration of modern multicultural Australia”, Federal Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland said.
“Although we may come from different backgrounds, we strive to live and work together in harmony.
“Thank you to all the local residents who joined my Harmony Day Morning Tea this year and brought traditional dishes, made with love from their own kitchens to share amongst the community,” Ms Rowland said.