'Everyone belongs' this Harmony Day

"EVERYONE belongs."

That's the theme of Harmony Day for 2014 and the Naracoorte community has been celebrating with activities all week long.

Four shipping containers were transported into the town square on Monday and filled with interesting things to see and do.

Naracoorte Primary School, Naracoorte South Primary School, Sunrise Christian School, Frances Primary School, Michelle DeGaris Memorial Kindergarten and Naracoorte North Kindergarten decorated the containers.

Each was filled with a different activity highlighting cultural diversity.

Visitors could relax and enjoy a film, check out the "my journey" photos, view the art and craft display, put a string line on the map of the world from Australia to their country of origin or play a fun game.

The containers are still open to the public until the end of tomorrow when a major Harmony Day event will be held.

From 11.30am the schools and kindergartens will come together for a community performance in the town square.

Each school will present a concert item and then join together in a group dance.

Activities culminate that evening with "Taste the World Food Festival" in the town square at 6pm.

There will be a small charge for food and everyone is encouraged to wear their national dress.

Naracoorte Lucindale Council mayor Erika Vickery said it would be a really special day.

"It gives us all an opportunity to share our backgrounds and learn more about each other," she said.

Harmony Day actually falls on March 19; however, Naracoorte Lucindale Council decided to observe it early so as not to clash with the weekend of the SE Field Days.

It is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home - from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world.

By participating in Harmony Day activities everyone can learn and understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and enrich it.

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