This week at kindergarten we celebrated harmony day. A day to come together as a community and celebrate the cultural diversity that exists amongst our kinder children and their families. To celebrate we invited all of the families to come in and bring a plate of food from their culture to share with the children and the other families. Most of the families chose to participate and I was so humbled by the response of some families who were so excited and grateful that we wanted to learn about their culture in the first place.
In my group their are children from many different backgrounds we have African, Indian, Asian, Maltese, Australian, Greek and other cultural backgrounds and it was fantastic for the children to learn about these different elements of their classmates identities.
I think that for me, celebrating harmony day together as a group is equally as important as other western holidays such as Easter or Christmas because it is a day for everyone regardless of their culture or religion to celebrate together. I loved my first harmony days as a teacher and I really am looking forward to doing it all again next year and foe many years into the future.