On Harmony Day, we wear orange.
In Australia on March 21, we celebrate Harmony Day. This is, as the organisation behind it officially quotes, “a day of inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone”.
It coincides with the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, aiming to eradicate racist attitudes and encourage positive societal change.
It’s since turned in to a whole Harmony Week. And it couldn’t be timelier, given that Australia has had less-than-harmonious debate in the wake of the Christchurch attack. #eggboy anyone?
(*Fact: Christchurch is one of Adelaide’s official sister cities)
I bring this up because it makes me think of the harmony that travel so often provides, in a humble way.
Travel to any given place is learning about, and respecting, local cultures. But it’s also inclusive of everyone who wanders those city streets and listens to the stories.
On the walking tours I do every day, people from different cultures are brought together for a like-minded journey.
I’ve had people from across the world on my Adelaide tours, and one of the best things a guide can see is their interaction as the tour goes on.
Initial questions about where people come from turns in to conversation on travel, that friend with a similar cultural background, or even similar loves for food.
Hearing snippets of conversation, turning back and seeing smiles and nods of agreement… what could be more harmonious?
People from all cultures and race come together for travel on events like walking tours – you have to wonder why that can’t be replicated in other facets of life.
You never know who you’ll meet on our Adelaide walking tours – come and walk with us when you next visit!