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1 Multicultural Calendar 2013 This calendar received funding assistance from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing under the Home and Community Care and the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care Programs. HACC is a joint Australian Government State Government funded program.

2 January Culture is learned, shared patterns of beliefs, values, attitudes, behaviours and characteristics of society or population. Culture is how people identify themselves, their life experiences, preferences and choices. The term culture is used most commonly to describe people who share national, ethnic or regional origin. But it is important to remember that there is a dynamic social context for every individual s culture and this includes gender, age, education, socioeconomic background, language, family, occupation, religion, sexual orientation and disability. 1st. Saint Basil s Day - one of the greatest leaders and thinkers of the Orthodox Christian Church. In many Greek homes a special cake is baked on Saint Basil s Day Eve with a gold or silver coin inside. 5th. Birth of Guru Gobind Singh (the tenth) on this day people of the Sikh faith honour the birth of the founder of Khalsa (all baptised Sikhs). 6th. Epiphany Day - commemorates the Christ, the son of God. 7th. Nativity of Christ, Eastern Orthodox churches that use the Julian calendar celebrate Christmas on this day. 13th. Maghi - the occasion when Sikh who commemorate the sacrifice of 40 Sikhs who fought for Guru Gobind Singh. 20th. Religion Day - observed in over 80 countries, the aim of this day is to foster interfaith understanding and harmony by emphasising the common elements underlying all religion. 21st. Martin Luther King Jnr Day - on this day, people in USA commemorate the birth of Reverend Martin Luther King Jnr, leader of the civil rights movement who was assassinated in th. Maw lid el-nabi - Islamic commemoration of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) the messenger of God (the Islamic faith). Shia and Sunni celebrate on separate days. 25th. Burns Night - on this night Scots everywhere honour Robert Burns, poet, balladeer. To many, Scotland s favourite son. Burns Night is a night for all Scots to celebrate their heritage. January 2013

3 January 2013 MON SUN 1 1 New New Year s Year s Day Day St Basil's St Basil's Day Day (Greece) Independence Day Day (Mynmar/Burma) 55 Birth Birth of Guru of Guru Gobind Gobind Singh Singh (Sikh) (Sikh) 6 Epiphany 6 Epiphany Day Day 7 Nativity 7 Nativity of Christ of Christ (Orthodox (Orthodox Baptism Baptism of Lord of Lord Jesus Jesus Maghi Maghi (Sikh) (Sikh) New Year New Year s Eve s Eve (Orthodox (Orthodox Tradition) Tradition) World World Religion Day Day World World Religion Religion Day Day Martin Martin Luther Luther King King Jnr Jnr Day (USA) Day (USA) Mawlid al-nabi (Islam) 25 Conversion of of Saint Saint Paul Burns Night (Scotland) National Day (Maldives) Republic Day Day (India) (India) Tu Tu BiShavat (Jewish) (Jewish) Mahayana Mahayana New New Year Year (Buddhist) (Buddhist) Australia Australia Day Day Independence Day (Nauru) No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive Mahatma Ghandi

4 M y name is Mr Rongxun Xu and I am 77 years old. My wife s name is Mrs Jingfang Li, and she is 72 years old. We have been married for 43 years and have 2 children. We met in China when we both worked at a boat making factory. We knew that we were destined f o r o n e another. We left China to be with our children. At first they lived i n N e w Zealand and then in 2008 they relocated to Australia. We do not speak English and often have to rely on family and friends to help us get things done. We are reluctant to do this too many times as we don t like to bother people. We receive some help in our home and are very appreciative; it is great having someone who speaks the same language; it is easier to communicate and they understand our cultural values. If they didn t speak the same language, then we think that the help we receive wouldn t actually be help, it would be uncomfortable and awkward for both them and us. We still have some family in China whom we miss but other than that we don t miss China. Our children and grandchildren are here and we very much enjoy all the wonderful nature in Australia. February 3rd. Setsbun sai Shinto - celebration of the change of the seasons with coming of spring. 6th. Waitangi Day - commemorates the signing of the treaty at Waitangi in th. Independence Day - (Grenada). 10th. Chinese New Year - a fifteen day Festival for Chinese people of all religions. Family reunions with thanksgiving and remembrance of departed relatives take place. Traditionally a religious ceremony honours Heaven and Earth. 10th. Vietnamese New Year, Tet Nguen Dan or Tet for Short - is the occasion for Vietnamese to express their respect and remembrance for their ancestors as well as welcoming the New Year with their beloved family members. 14th. Nirvana Day Buddhist, a regional observance of the death of the Buddha. 15th. Vasant Panchami - a Hindu celebration dedicated to Saraswati, Goddess of Learning. 24th. Purim - Jewish celebration of the deliverance of the Jewish minority in Persia from genocide. Charity to the poor, sharing food with friends, and vigorous merrymaking mark the observance. 24th. Triodion - Orthodox Christian time period leading up to Lent. The liturgy involves hymns, odes and scriptures. 26th. Ayyam-I-Ha - Baha'i beginning of a series of special days (Intercalary Days) that balance out the calendar. It is observed by hospitality and acts of charity. February 2013

5 February January Candlemas 3 Setsubun-sai (Shinto) 1 New Year s Day St Basil's Day (Greece) Independence Day (Mynmar/Burma) 5 Birth of Guru Gobind Singh (Sikh) 6 Epiphany Day 4 Independence Day (Sri-Lanka) 7 Nativity of Christ (Orthodox 5 6 Waitangi Day (NZ) 7 Independence Day Chinese New Year (Grenada) (The year of the Snake) Baptism of Lord Vietnamese New Year (Tet) Jesus Maghi (Sikh) 11 Independence Day (Iran) 14 New Year s Eve (Orthodox Tradition) Nirvana Day (Buddhist) 15 Vasant Panchami Independence Day (Hindu) (Kosovo) 16 Valentine s 17 Day World Religion Day 15 World Religion Day Purim (Jewish) 24 Mawlid al-nabi (Islam) 25 Conversion of Saint 26 Republic Day (India) Paul 21 Martin Luther King Jnr Day (USA) 2825 Australia Day 2926 Intercalary Days to Independence Day 1 March (Nauru) Burns Night (Scotland) National Day (Maldives) Tu BiShavat (Jewish) 27 Mahayana New Triodion Year begins (Buddhist) (Orthodox Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent protects you from age Jeanne Moreau No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive Mahatma Ghandi

6 I skawara (Hello). My name is Khadija Nuur, I am 87 years old. I migrated to Australia from Somalia six years ago. I am the proud mother of 7 sons and one daughter. We arrived in Australia under the Refugee and Special Humanitarian Program. Like most elderly people in my situation, I experienced cultural shock, language barriers and isolation. It is difficult for me to feel included as my children and grandchildren go to work or schools during the day and I am left at home most of the day by myself. Back home my friends, extended relatives, neighbours and other women (with whom we grew up) would visit me and keep me occupied, but here things are different. Everyone is busy with their lives. I can hardly communicate with my grandchildren as they can t speak or understand Somali language. When I visit the doctor I find it difficult to express myself. In Somalia the elders tend to use euphemisms to express themselves. I would say that my elbow is as if 2 strong people are cutting it with an axe (expressing the level of pain) but it is hard to understand mainstream GP s. In my culture, elders are respected and young people seek their wisdom and advice but living in Australia I have found young people are busy with technology such as ipads, games and televisions and sadly that is where they learn their values. I am proud to be Australian and I feel I am accepted by Australian society.. March 1st. Independence (Declaration) Day (Samiljeol) - a national holiday commemorating the beginning of the Independence Movement in 1919 and the declaration of Korean independence from Imperial Japan. 1st. Saint David of Wales the day commemorates the patron saint of Wales and is the national day of celebration for Welsh people. Celtic Christian saint known for his wisdom and missionary work 8th. International Women s Day a day to celebrate the contribution and achievements of all women. It is an opportunity to remember the barriers that women have broken through and the accomplishments they have been made. 10th. Meat fare (Judgement) Sunday Orthodox Christian observance, two weeks before the start of the Great Lent, preparing the faithful for the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. This is the last day for eating of meat before the Great Lent. 10th. Maha Shivaratri a Hindu festival in honour of Lord Shiva and his marriage to Goddess Parvati. Ceremonies involving prayers and hymns take place mostly at night. Special foods are not used. 14th. New Year Nanakshahi the Sikh calendar is called the Nanakshahi calendar and take its name from Guru Nanak who founded the Sikh religion more than 500 years ago. 17th. Saint Patrick's Day Christian celebration of Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland in early days of the faith. 19th. Saint Joseph's Day Christian remembrance of Joseph, husband of Mary the mother of Jesus. 21st. Harmony Day, Australia - celebrates Australia s diversity, it s about community participation, inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. 21st. Norouz - means a new day in Persian and is a traditional festival of spring that has been celebrated for more than 3000 years by Iranian, Baha I and Kurdish peoples. 23rd. Earth Hour help reduce global warming, turn off all your lights between 8.30pm and 9.30pm local time. 25 th Independence Day, Greece war of independence against the Ottoman Empire lasted for almost 9 years ( ). It ended with the creation of an independent Greek state. 26th. Pesach (Passover) - an important Jewish festival which lasts for 8 days commemorating the liberation of the Jews from slavery by Moses. 27th. Magha Puja Day - Buddhist, celebration of the presentation of teachings by Lord Buddha to and assembly of holy men. 28th. Hola Mohalla - A Sikh day when mock battles are fought and martial arts are displayed. 29th. Good Friday - Christian remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus and related events. 31st. Easter Sunday - the day commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from his death by crucifixion. It is the most significant event of the Christian calendar. March 2013

7 January March New Year s Day St Basil's Day (Greece) 1 Independence Day (Bosnia Herzegovina) 2 3 Independence 4 Independence Day (Korea) Day (Mynmar/Burma) Saint David of Wales 2 3 National Day (Bulgaria) 5 Birth of Guru Gobind Singh (Sikh) Clean Up Australia Day 6 Epiphany Day Independence day (Ghana) 7 Nativity of Christ (Orthodox 7 8 International Women s Day (United Nations) 9 10 Meatfare Sunday (Orthodox) Maha Shivaratri (Hindu) Baptism of Lord Jesus Maghi (Sikh) 11 Canberra Day (Public Holiday in ACT) 12 Independence Day (Mauritius) New Year Nanakshahi (Sikh) 15 Hungarian Revolution Day (Hungary) St. Patrick's Day (Ireland) 14 New Year s Eve (Orthodox Tradition) 15 World Religion Day World Religion Day St. Joseph s Day 21 Martin Luther King Jnr Day (USA) 20 Independence Day (Tunisia) 21 Harmony Day (Australia) Norouz Persian New Year (Iran, 24 Baha I Mawlid and Kurd) al-nabi (Islam) 25 Conversion of Saint Independence Day (Namibia) National Day (Pakistan) Paul Burns Night (Scotland) Earth 26 Hour Republic Day (India) Tu BiShavat (Jewish) Mahayana New Year (Buddhist) 25 Independence Day (Greece) 28 Australia Day 29 (Judaism) 30 Birth 31 of Prophet Independence Zarathustra Day Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Pesach (Passover) first two days 27 Magha Puja Day (Buddhist) Holi (Hindu) 28 Hola Mohalla (Sikh) (Zoroastrian) (Nauru) National Day (Maldives) 29 Good Friday Easter Sunday No culture can The live, good if it is attempts the beautiful to exclusive Plato Mahatma Ghandi

8 M y name is Crissy. I am Greek and my family background goes back to the island in Greece called Kastelorizo. There are a lot of beliefs and history on the island. There was a time when the people went through some difficult and dark times by other countries occupying the island. There is a belief that people from the island suffer from anxiety. You know anything to do with the mind, psychology and mental health is something we do not discuss. I take care of both my ageing parents and my sister with Multiple Sclerosis. We are a close family and we fight our own battles. I have another sister who helps me. One thing I learned from helping my family is to keep asking questions. I ask questions of everyone from Government organisations, aged care organisations to doctors and hospital staff. I learned so much by doing this. There are many services in the community. It is easy to get lost in the system. Asking questions helps me because I get to know how to help my family. It is my duty to care for my parents and sister. It helps their well being. We get some basic help that is all I need for now. I am telling you my stories so other people do not feel shy to ask for help. April 2nd. World Autism Awareness Day - aims to increase understanding of disability. 4th. Independence Day (Senegal) - Senegal won its independence from France. The day is proclaimed a national holiday celebrated all over the country, with festivities particularly grand in the capital city of Dakar. 7th. Yom HaShoah - Jewish Holocaust Day. The day has been established to remember the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in It is observed by many non-jews as well. 11th 20th. Ramanavami - Hindu celebration of the birth of Lord Rama, hero of the religious epic poem, The Ramayana. The day involves telling of stories and going to the temple. 14th. Baisakhi - In India, the beginning of new solar year, harvest season and to commemorate the baptism of 5 brave Sikhs who offered to give their lives for their faith. 16th. Queen s Birthday Denmark - Denmark celebrates the 71st birthday of Queen Margrethe II. Born in 1940, she became the Queen in 1972 and was the first woman in nearly 600 years to sit on Denmark's throne. 17th. Independence Day, Syria - a national holiday to celebrate, commemorate and honour those who died during the long battles, wars and political upheavals to liberate the country from French forces and gain their independence. A ceremonial hoisting of the flag is observed during the celebration including spectacular fireworks lighting up the sky of major cities and towns in observance of this event. 21st. First Day of Ridvan Baha'i commemoration of the twelve day period in 1863 when Baha'u'llah declared that he was God's messenger for this age. Work is to be suspended on days 1, 9, and 12 of the festival. 23rd. St. George Day - Commemorates the patron saint of England. 25th. ANZAC Day Australians mark the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the first World War ( ), at Gallipoli. Dawn services at war memorials honour the sacrifice of those who died in war. Marches and reunions are held on this day. 25th. Hanuman Jayanthi Hindus celebrates the birth of Hanuman. the Monkey God. 26th. Union Day On this day in 1964, the East African countries of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the United Republic of Tanzania. Union Day celebrates this merger. In the city of Dar el Salaam, speeches and a parade mark Union Day. Dignitaries from nearby countries join Tanzanian government officials in these festivities. In 2004, to mark Union Day, Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa pardoned nearly 4,500 prisoners who had been sentenced for minor crimes or who had less than three years to serve of a longer sentence. 27th. Freedom Day - is an annual celebration of South Africa's first non-racial democratic elections of Peace, unity, the preservation and the restoration of human dignity hallmark Freedom Day celebrations on the 27th of April of each year. 28th. Leg B Omer Jewish observation of the counting of the day - the link - between Pesach and Shavuot. 29th. Ninth Day of Ridvan Baha'i celebration of the arrival of Baha'u'llah at a sacred garden. April 2013

9 January April Easter Monday 2 Pesach last two days- (Jewish) World Autism Awareness 1 New Year s Day Day (United Nations) St Basil's Day (Greece) 3 4 Independence Day (Senegal) Independence Day (Mynmar/Burma) Yom HaShoah (Jewish) Day of Remembrance of the 5 Birth of Guru Gobind Victims 6 of the Epiphany Rwanda Day Genocide. Singh (Sikh) 8 Birthday of Buddha Hindu New Year (Hindu) 7 Nativity of Christ (Orthodox Ramanavami (Hindu) Baisakhi-New Year - (Sikh) Baptism of Lord Jesus Maghi (Sikh) 15 Yom Ha Atzmaut (Jewish) 14 New Year s Eve (Orthodox Tradition) 16 Queen s Birthday (Denmark) 15 World Religion Day 17 National Day (Syria) Ramanavami (Hindu) 21 First Day of Ridvan World Religion Day St. George Day 21 Martin Luther King Jnr Day (USA) 29 Ninth Day of Ridvan ANZAC Day Hanuman 24 Jayanti Mawlid (Hindu) al-nabi (Islam) 25 Conversion of Saint Mahavir Jayanti (Jain ) Therevadin New Year (Buddhist) 28 Australia Day Independence Day (Nauru) 26 Union Day (Tanzania) 27 Freedom Day (South Africa) Paul Burns Night (Scotland) National Day (Maldives) 26 Republic Day (India) Independence Day (Sierra Leone) Tu BiShavat (Jewish) 28 Leg B Omer (Jewish) 27 Mahayana New Year (Buddhist) Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of a daily duty Woodrow Wilson No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive Mahatma Ghandi

10 M y name is Inkeri and I am originally from Finland. I have lived in Australia almost 60 years and for the last few years I have lived in a nursing home. My daughter lives quite close, some 50 kilometres from here. My English is not good, it is so limited. When I speak it is like sending Morse Code. Anyway, the nurses understand me even though I know very little English. Even at a hospital. I need to apologise for my English all the time, it is that bad. It would be essential to know English. Sometimes food doesn t taste delicious, but most of the time it is good. I always have some of my own food here in my room though only a little bit. I buy some culture specific food and enjoy it here in my room. I celebrate all holidays and special celebrations here in my room. I read and listen to music. Fortunately I have been able to celebrate Christmas with my daughter s family. I have ordered a few newspapers and magazines in my own language which I read very carefully; every story and every word. I follow up what s going on in my own country, especially at my home village. I am pleased how my life is and that it has been good. I am so grateful for every single day. May 1st. Beltane Wicca celebration of the conjoining of the goddess with the energy of the god in the sacred marriage which is the basis of all creation. 1st. Samhain Wicca celebration of endings and beginnings and of remembering the dead... Revering of elders is also observed. 2nd. Ridvan Baha'i commemoration of the twelve day period in 1863 when Baha'u'llah declared that he was God's messenger for this age. Work is to be suspended on days 1, 9, and 12 of the festival. 3rd. Constitution Day the national day of Poland is also celebrated as the Polish Constitution Day (Polish: Konstytucja Trzeciego Maja). 5th. Holy Pascha Orthodox Christian feast day of the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ. 9th. Europe Day on this day in 1950, Robert Schuman, the first President of the European Parliamentary Assembly, presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. 9th. Ascension of Jesus Christian recognition of the departure of Jesus from earth after the resurrection. It is perhaps the earliest observed celebration in Christianity. It is observed with worship including prayers and music. 15th 16th. Shavuot Jewish celebration of Moses' descent from Mt Sinai with the Ten Commandments. Plants and flowers are used in decorations. 17th. Constitution Day (1814) in Norway commemorates the date when the nation's constitution was signed at Eidsvoll on May 17, It is usually referred to as syttende mai (May 17) or Nasjonaldagen (The National Day) in Norwegian. 19th. Pentecost Christian observation of the day when the Holy Spirit came to the disciples in the form of tongues of fire and rushing wind. It is a traditional day for baptism and confirmation of new Christians. 21st. World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development this day is an opportunity to increase understanding of cultural diversity and the positive impact it can have on countries and communities. 24th. Buddha Day is an important festival for Buddhists all over the world. This day recognizes the birth, enlightenment, and death of the happiness spreading Buddha. 25th. Visakha Puja Buddhist marking of the birth, enlightenment and death (attainment of Nirvana) of Lord Buddha. 29th. Ascension of Baha'u'llah Baha'i recollection of the death of Baha'u'llah, the founder. Observed by prayers and readings. Work is suspended. 30th. Corpus Christi Christian (Roman Catholic) celebration in recognition of the Eucharist - the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ. The real presence of the body and blood of Jesus is honoured. 31st. World No-Tobacco Day aims to increase awareness of smoking tobacco products and the health implications of tobacco usage. May 2013

11 January May New Year s Day St Basil's Day (Greece) 1 Beltane and Samhain (Northern and Southern Hemispheres) 2 Twelfth Day of Ridvan 3 Holy Pascha (Orthodox National Day of Prayer USA Constitution Day (Poland) 2 (Interfaith) 3 4 Independence Day (Mynmar/Burma) 4 5 Easter/Pascha 5 Birth of Guru Gobind Singh (Sikh) 6 Epiphany Day 6 Labor Day (Queensland) Ascension Day 7 Nativity of Christ (Orthodox Europe Day (European Union) Mother's Day (Australia & US) Baptism of Lord Jesus Maghi (Sikh) Shavuot (Jewish) National Day (Paraguay) Constitution Day (Norway) Panyiri Greek Festival 19 Pentecost 14 New Year s Eve (Orthodox Tradition) 15 World Religion Day World Religion Day World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue & Development 21 Martin Luther King Jnr Day (USA) Declaration of the Bab Mawlid al-nabi (Islam) 25 Conversion of Saint 24 Buddha Day 25 Visakha Puja Buddha 26 Holy Trinity Sunday Day (Buddhist) Independence Day (Eritrea) National Day (Argentina) Independence Day Damouk ideblobis dghe 26 Republic Day (India) 27 Mahayana New (Georgia) Paul Independence Day (Jordan) Tu BiShavat (Jewish) Year (Buddhist) Burns Night (Scotland) Africa Day (Liberia) National Day (Maldives) (National Day Ethopia) Australia Day Derg Downfall Day 29 Ascension of Baha u l Corpus Christi (Catholic 31 Independence Day lah (Nauru) 31 World No-Tobacco Day (United Nations) No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive Mahatma Ghandi The purpose of life is a life of purpose Robert Byrne

12 M y name is Kamala Das and I am 76 years old. I am a proud mother of 2 sons. I m originally from India but have travelled around a lot because of my husband s work. We came to Australia in 1991 as we were looking for a place to retire and we loved it here! At first I did find the Australian accent a little difficult to understand and the way of speaking was more casual than I was used to but, overall, the Australian people have been very friendly. I lost my husband in I thought I would have to move out of our family home as I didn t think I could live in such a big place by myself plus, if I died, nobody would know! Luckily one of my sons and his family offered to move in with me. I am so grateful as I have so many wonderful memories here and my friends are nearby. I would have hated to move. That s another great thing about Australia, they encourage people to stay living in their own homes for longer. I m very lucky to receive some help from Diversicare around the house. It s a wonderful service and especially helped after I had to have a knee replacement. Things have been a lot harder for me since then. June 5th. Lailat al-israa' & Miraj - Islamic observance of Mohammed's night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascension to heaven. 5th. World Environment Day the world s biggest and most widely celebrated environmental action event. 7th. Sacred Heart Christian (Roman Catholic) occasion to pay homage to Christ's all-encompassing love for humanity. Solemn worship is observed. 10th. Portugal Day the Portuguese celebrate their national holiday known as Dia de Portugal in their native tongue. This date commemorates the death of Luis de Camoes, a significant figure in the history of Portugal. 12th. Independence Day Philippines (Araw ng Kalayaan) an annual national holiday observed to commemorate the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain on this date in It is the National Day of the Philippines. 12th. World day against child labour aims to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and efforts needed to eliminate it. 16th. Martyrdom of Guru Arjan on this day Sikhs remember those who suffered for the faith. The day is observed by reading holy books. 20th 25th. Refugees week - since 1945, seven million people have come to Australia as new settlers, including more than 700,000 people under humanitarian programs, initially as displaced persons and more recently as refugees. 26th. International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking a day used to raise awareness of the public health and safety that illicit drugs pose. 27th. National Reconciliation Week Australia celebrates the rich culture of the first Australians. June 2013

13 January June Nativity of Christ (Orthodox 1 New Year s Day St Basil's Day (Greece) Lailat al Miraj (Islam) Independence Day (Mynmar/Burma) World Environment Day 6 National Day (Sweden) Independence Day (Finland) 7 Sacred Heart of Jesus (Catholic 1 Independence Day (Samoa) 5 Birth of Guru Gobind Singh (Sikh) Republic Day (Italy) Body and Blood of Christ 6 Epiphany Day (United Nations) Baptism of Lord Jesus Maghi (Sikh) 10 Portugal Day World Day against Child Labor 14 New Year s Eve (Orthodox Tradition) 15 World Religion Day 13 Ascension of Jesus World Elder Abuse 16 Guru Arjan Dev Martyrdom (Sikh) (Orthodox Awareness Day (United Nations) Independence Day (Philippines) World Religion Day Russia Day (Russia) National Day (Seychelles) 21 Martin Luther King Jnr Day (USA) 19 New Church Day (Swedenbrorgian 20 Refugee Day (Australia) 21 Solstice Litha Wicca/Pagan northern Mawlid al-nabi (Islam) 25 Conversion of Saint Hemisphere Paul Yule Wicca/Pagan southern Burns Night hemisphere (Scotland) National Day (Maldives) Pentecost (Orthodox) 26 Republic Day (India) Tu BiShavat (Jewish) 27 Mahayana New Year (Buddhist) Independence Day 26 International Day St. Peter and Paul 28 Australia Day 29 (Mozambique) 30 Against Drug Abuse and Illicit 31 Independence Day Trafficking (Nauru) Independence Day Republic Day (Somalia) (Seychelles) 30 All Saints (Orthodox Independence Day (Congo) No A culture loving can heart live, if is it the attempts truest wisdom to be exclusive Charles Mahatma Dickens Ghandi

14 G ood Day Australia. Hi everybody! I am Mrs Minnie Rodwell. Hailed from the country of The Philippines which is the second largest archipelago in the world with over 7,107 tropical islands and one of the treasures of South East Asia. I come from Mindanao, the third largest island which is a contrast from the high-rise downtown of modern Davao to the nearby towering peak of Mt Api and the surrounding primitive villages. Of course, any traveller who has been to the Philippines will tell you that it is the people and their culture that makes the Philippines unique. I was a teacher in the Philippines. I have 4 children and 5 grandchildren from my first marriage. I remarried an Australian bloke Percy James Rodwell and migrated to Australia in My first impression upon arriving in Australia was the culture shock. The climate, the food and values were so different. In Australia, I attained my qualifications in Aged Care and Children s Services and also worked for Diversicare for 2 years. Now being an Australian citizen and living here permanently, in Palmwoods in Sunshine Coast, I consider Australia as a peaceful place with loving and caring people. I appreciate the government here because it looks after the elderly. July 1st. Canada Day - commemorates the day when Canada became self-governing, although remaining a dominion of Great Britain. The day was originally known as Dominion Day but the name was changed to Canada Day in th. USA Independence Day - annually celebrated and often known as "the Fourth of July". It is the anniversary of the publication of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in Patriotic displays and family events are organised throughout the United States. Many people display the American flag on their homes. The celebrations have deep roots in the American tradition of political freedom. 9th. Ramadan begins one of the most important times in the Islamic calendar. Muslims engage in fasting, prayer and show charity to those in need. Ramadan is observed for one month. The 9th month on the Islamic calendar, devoted to the commemoration of Muhammad's reception of the divine revelation recorded in the Qur'an. The event begins when authorities in Saudi Arabia sight the new moon of the 9th month. It is the holiest period of the Islamic Year. There is strict fasting from sunrise to sunset. 14th. Bastille Day French national holiday commemorates the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, a fortress prison which resulted in the beginning of new form of government. 22nd. Asalha Puja Theravadin Buddhist date commemorates life the sermon delivered by Buddha after enlightenment. July 2013

15 January July Canada Day Independence Day (Somalia) 1 New Year s Day Independence Day (USA) St Basil's Day (Greece) Liberation Day (Rwanda) Independence Day (Mynmar/Burma) 5 National Day (Venezuela) 6 7 Independence Day (Solomon Islands) 5 Birth of Guru Gobind Singh (Sikh) 6 Epiphany Day 8 9 Independence Day (Republic of South Sudan) 7 Nativity of Christ (Orthodox Saint Benedict Day Obon 14 Bastille Day (Shinto Buddhist) 8 Ramadan begins (Islam) 9 Anniversary 10 of Mongolian 11 Statehood 12 Day (Montenegro) 13 Baptism of Lord People s Revolution (Mongolia) Jesus Maghi (Sikh) 15 Saint Vladimir Day 14 New Year s Eve (Orthodox Tradition) 16 Tish a B Av (Judaism) Nelson Mandela International Day 15 World Religion Day National Day (Belgium) World Religion Day 22 Asalhka Asalha Puja Day 21 (Buddhist) Martin Luther King Jnr Day (USA) 23 July Revolution (Egypt) 24 Pioneer Day (Mormon National Day (Liberia) Independence Day Christians) 24 Mawlid al-nabi (Islam) 25 Conversion of Saint 26 Republic Day (India) (Peru) Paul Burns Night (Scotland) Tu BiShavat (Jewish) 27 Mahayana New Year (Buddhist) International Day of Australia Day Independence Day Friendship Throne Day (Morocco) (Nauru) National Day (Maldives) يوما أراد الحياة exclusive be فالto بد أن attempts يستجيب if it القدر" live, أبوcan القاسم culture الشابي No Mahatma إذا الشعب Ghandi

16 August M y name is Paula Sanchez and I am 81 years old. I am originally from Spain. I arrived in Australia 52 years ago. It was very interesting how I decided to come to Australia. One day my 2 colleagues and I were chatting in the office about how interesting it might be to travel. At first we thought about England and we were told that Australia is a better place as migrants are looked after well. So we told our families and set out for our adventure. When I first arrived in Australia, it was hard to make friends as there were differences in culture, language and food. Now it seems different. The younger generation of Australians seem to know more about Spain and other countries. Recently I was hospitalised and everyone in the hospital was very nice to me and we spoke about Spain, its culture and food. I have lived in Sydney, Brisbane and now I live on the Sunshine Coast. Before I die, I would like to visit Singapore again. It is clean, the people are friendly and I love the food especially Chinese food. What I like most about Australia is, it is peaceful here. 1st. Fast in honour of the Holy Mother of Lord Jesus - Orthodox Christian 14 day fasting period in preparation for the celebration of the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. 3rd. Laylat al-qadr Islamic Night of Destiny. First revelation of Qur'an to Prophet Mohammed. Observed during the last ten days of Ramadan. Prayers to Allah for a good destiny. 8th. Eid ul Fitr ('Id al-fitr) - Islamic event marking the close of Ramadan. It is a festival of thanksgiving to Allah for enjoying the month of Ramadan. It involves wearing finest clothing, saying prayers, and fostering understanding with other religions. 15th. Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Roman Catholic Christian observance commemorating the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven. 15th. Dormition (falling asleep) of the Theotokos - Orthodox Christian commemoration of the death and burial of the Virgin Mary. 21st. Raksha Bandhan Hindu festival honouring the loving ties between brothers and sisters in a family. 28th. Krishna Jayanthi (Sri Krishna Janmashtami) - Hindu commemoration of the birth of Krishna - the 8th incarnation of god Vishnu who took the form of Krishna to destroy the evil king Kansa. 29th. Beheading of John the Baptist - Christian remembrance of the death of John who is known for preparing the people so they would recognise Jesus as the Messiah. August 2013

17 January August New Year s Day St Basil's Day (Greece) 1 Fast in honor of the Holy Mother of Jesus (Orthodox Independence Day Lammas 2 3 Laylat al Qadr (Islam) 4 (Mynmar/Burma) 5 Birth of Guru Gobind Singh (Sikh) 6 Epiphany Day 5 6 Transfiguration of Lord Jesus (Orthodox 7 Nativity of Christ (Orthodox 14 New Year s Eve (Orthodox Tradition) Eid ul Fitr (Islam) 9 International Day of the World s indigenous People (United Nations) Baptism of Lord Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane only) 15 World Religion Day 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Catholic Jesus Maghi (Sikh) Senior Week World Religion Day Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox St Stephen s Day 21 Raksha Bandhan (Hungary) (Hindu) Mawlid al-nabi (Islam) 25 Conversion of Saint 26 Republic Day (India) 21 Martin Luther King Jnr Day (USA) Paul Burns Night (Scotland) Tu BiShavat (Jewish) 27 Mahayana New Year (Buddhist) Krishna Jayanthi 29 Beheading of John the 28 Australia Day 29 (Hindu) 30 Baptist 31 Independence Day (Nauru) National Day (Maldives) Freedom No culture is the right can to live, tell people if it attempts what they to do be not exclusive want to hear Mahatma George Ghandi Orwell

18 I am Gwen De Silva and I am from Sri Lanka. My husband and I came to Australia in 2004 when we decided to be with our sons after our retirement. We have four sons, three of whom own three Indian restaurants, one of which recently won a Regional Award in the Sunshine Coast area. I am so proud of our sons achievements. I am 77 years old and speak English and Sinhalese. In Sri Lanka I had worked in administrative positions for the government, the United Nations and Dilmah Tea. I worked full -time, raised a family and was also involved as a volunteer in the social services sector. When I first arrived in Australia, I became involved in Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre s multicultural activities in Sunshine Coast. Currently, I am part of the Multicultural group initiated by Diversicare and Nambour Community Centre. I am also actively involved in Lions International and assist in several fundraising projects. So I am a very busy lady. Recently I had major heart surgery but have since recovered. Now I am back on my feet and am planning fundraising and Christmas events for the elderly at nursing homes. While I miss life in Sri Lanka, I am happy in Australia as I like to remain active and help others. September 9th. Ganesh Chaturthi - in India, clay statues of the Hindu elephant God, Ganesh, are paraded through the streets. 11th. Feast of Nayrouz (feast of the Martyrs) - marks New Year on the Coptic Calendar. The Copts are the Indigenous people of Egypt. The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of the oldest Christian churches in the world th Sukkot Jewish Feast of Tabernacles which celebrates the harvest and the protection of the people of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness. 23rd Al-Yaom Al-Watany - National Day in Saudi Arabia celebrating the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 28th. Jewish New Year or Rosh Hashanah - is one of the most important Jewish festivals. According to the Hebrew calendar, Jewish New Year 2013 will fall on the first two days in the seventh month. The date of the festival varies every year, since the Jewish follow a lunisolar calendar. The festival is celebrated before the winter rains come. It is said that the first ten days of the month are the holiest, when they observe New Year. Jewish New Year 2013 will be observed on September 28. Like every year, they will celebrate the New Year according to their traditions and customs. September 2013

19 September January New Year s Day St Basil's Day (Greece) Independence Day (Mynmar/Burma) Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) 5 Birth of Guru Gobind Singh (Sikh) 1 Father s Day Ecclesiastical Year Begins (Orthodox 6 National Day (Swaziland) 7 Independence Day (Brazil) 8 National Day (North Korea) 6 Epiphany Day 7 Nativity of Christ (Orthodox Baptism of Lord 11 New Year (Ethiopia) Yom Kippur (Jewish) Jesus 15 International Day of 9 Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu) 10 World Suicide Prevention Day (United Nations) Paryushana Parva (Jain) Coptic New Year Elevating of the Life Giving Cross Holy Cross Day Democracy Maghi (United (Sikh) Nations) Independence Day (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua) 14 New Year s Eve (Orthodox 16 Tradition) Proclamation of Independence (Mexico) 15 World Religion Day World Religion Day Independence Day Sukkot (Jewish) Independence Day 22 Independence Day (Chile) (Malta) (Mali) Independence Day (PNG) 21 Martin Luther King Jnr 23 Al-Yaom Al-Watany Day (USA) (National Day) (Saudi Arabia) Mawlid al-nabi (Islam) 25 Conversion of Saint 26 Republic Day (India) Shemini Atzeret 27 Simchat Toah (Jewish) 28 Jewish New Year 29 Michael and all Angels Paul Year (Buddhist) (Jewish) Meskel Burns (Ethopian Night (Scotland) Tu BiShavat (Jewish) 27 Mahayana New National Day (Maldives) 30 National Day (Botswana) 28 Australia Day Independence Day (Nauru) No The culture roots of can education live, if are it attempts bitter, but to the be exclusive fruit is sweet Mahatma Aristotle Ghandi

20 T he majority of the Bhutanese elderly came to Cairns late Many of us are still missing members of our families who are in Nepal waiting for visas to be reunited in Australia. Life in Australia is peaceful and secure but we miss our families and also our homes. In 1993, Nepali speaking Bhutanese were asked by the government to leave Bhutan within 2 hours. We did not have time to pack and say goodbye to our families and friends. Many people were killed; some thrown into the sea and women were buried alive. Many marched for days to Nepal through India. We spent between 18 and 20 years in refugee camps in Nepal. It was very difficult times in the camps. It is hard for us to talk about it. I will start crying, Sing Bir Tamang said. Most Bhutanese elderly grew up in the 1970 s. At that time people from low socioeconomic status were not allowed to attend school. Only one child in a large family was allowed to attend school. The rest of the family worked building the city. The government forced adults and children to volunteer and build roads and governments buildings. October 1st. China National Day on this day, Tiananmen Square in Beijing hosts a large celebration that includes the raising of the national flag and a parade of soldiers. In 1999, the Chinese government combined the National Day celebration with two weekends, giving the Chinese people a week long vacation, known as National Day Week. 3rd. German Unity Day - Tag der Deutschen Einheit is a special national day to commemorate the reunification in 1990 of East and West Germany which marked the accomplishment of unity in Germany. 13th. Vijaya Dashami is the tenth and the last day of the ten day long Dassera or Dussehra festival. Vijaya Dashami is celebrated on Ashweyuja sukla Paksha Dashami or the tenth day of the waxing phase of the moon of the month of Aswayuja Month as per the lunar calendar. 29th. Republic Day, Turkey is one of the public holidays in Turkey, commemorating the proclamation of the republic in The afternoon of the previous day is also observed as a holiday. 31st. Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (Pronounce sah-win ) and end of the harvest festival, where people would prepare for winter and honour the deceased relatives. It is popularly celebrated in the United States of America, by children who dress up and go out trick or treating. October 2013

21 January October Korean National Foundation 4 Saint Francis Day 5 13 Navaratri (Hindu) 6 Day (South Korea) (Catholic 1 International Day of Older Persons (United Nations) 1 New National Year s Day Day (China) St Basil's National Day Day (Greece) (Nigeria) Unity Day (Germany) Independence Day (Mynmar/Burma) 5 Birth of Guru Gobind Singh (Sikh) 6 Epiphany Day 7 Queen s Birthday (Australia) 8 9 Independence Day (Uganda) 10 Independence Day (Fiji) National Day (Spain) 13 Vijay Dashami (Hindu) 7 Nativity of Christ (Orthodox Baptism of Lord Jesus Maghi (Sikh) 14 Wagfa Arafat-Hajj Day (Islam) 14 New Thanksgiving Year s Eve Canada (Orthodox (Interfaith) Tradition) Eid al Adha (Islam) 15 World Religion Day Saint Luke - Apostle Birth of Bab and Evangelist Inauguration of Scriptures as Guru Granth 20 (Sikh) World Religion Day Dasera (Hindu) Independence Day Diwali Festival Of Light (Zambia) (Hindu) Mawlid al-nabi (Islam) 25 Conversion of Saint 21 Martin Luther King Jnr Day (USA) 28 National Day (Czech 29 Republic Day (Turkey) Halloween Republic, Azerbaijan) 28 Australia Day Independence Day (Nauru) Paul Burns Night (Scotland) National Day (Maldives) 27 Reformation Day (Protestant 26 Republic Day (India) National Day (Austria) Tu BiShavat (Jewish) 27 Mahayana New Year (Buddhist) No He culture who never can live, hoped if it can attempts never to despair be exclusive George Mahatma Bernard Ghandi Shaw

22 November I am Roman Pawlwoski and this is my wife Felicia Kaluzna. We are from Poland. I left Poland in 1940 running into the war. As I was a freedom fighter, I marched to Slovakia where I stayed for five years. In 1945 I left for Berlin as the Russians were approaching. Later that year I left Berlin for the American front. I walked 70km a day and kept my shoes on as I knew that if I had to take them off, I would never be able to put them on again. I crossed the American s line and got plenty of food, dry biscuits and milk. I was very slim as I had been walking for days with no food. Later, I was transported in the back of a truck to the British zone of occupation. I arrived in Australia in 1949 in Oxford Shire ship and later became a pioneer of the Australian Crocodile Farming Industry. I and my late wife produced a short television film about crocodiles and become the first people to photograph the life of the crocodiles from birth to egg. In one of my last visits to Poland in 2005, I went to my home town of Idowroctaw, where I met my new beautiful wife Felicia in a Hotel. I proposed to Felicia in Poland but we were unable to get married in Poland as I was not a Polish citizen and the British would not accept us as well. Later, in September 2006, we got married in Vanuatu but our marriage certificate was not recognised in Poland so we travelled straight back to Australia and we have lived happily together in Cairns Far North Queensland ever since. 1st. Deepavali - Hindu celebration - a five day festival of lights marking the end of the Hindu year. First day is observed as a holiday by many Hindu people. 1st. All Saints Day - Christian day for honouring saints, known and unknown. A Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church where saints have special formal status. 2nd. All Souls Day - Christian day of prayers of remembrance and intercession for the dead. Prayers of the faithful are seen as helping to cleanse the souls for the beatific vision of God in heaven. 3rd. Deep Diwali, Jain commemoration of the liberation of Mahavira from the endless cycle of birth and rebirth. 4th. The Islamic New Year - the month of Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic liturgical year. The Islamic year begins on the first day of Muharram, and is counted from the year of the Hegira (anno Hegirae) the year in which Muhammad emigrated from Mecca to Medina (A.D. July 16, 622). The Islamic New Year is celebrated relatively quietly, with prayers and readings and reflection upon the Hegira. 12th. Birth of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i celebration of the birth of their founder and teacher refrain from work. 13th. Ashura - an Islamic optional one day fast. The Shia observance is based on the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad's Grandson, Hussein, martyred on this date in 683/684 AD at the battle of Karbala. Sunni observance is recognition of Moses fasting in gratitude to Allah/God for liberation from oppression. 14th. Winter Lent - Orthodox Christian season of preparation for the Nativity of Christ. 16th. International Day of Tolerance - promotes respect, dialogue, cooperation and tolerance of all cultures. 17th. Guru Nanak's Day - Sikh honouring of the birth of the first Sikh teacher who lived from C.E. Sacred readings, prayers, hymns, meals together. 17th. Velvet Revolution A celebration by Slovak and Czech peoples of the peaceful division of Czechoslovakia into the Slovak and Czech Republics. 21st. Yule - Christian celebration of the light dawning in Jesus. Also a Norse pagan celebration of the winter-born king, symbolized by the rebirth of the sun. A present day Wicca event. 24th. Christ the King - Christian celebration of the pre-eminence of Jesus over all earthly authorities. 26th. Day of the Covenant Baha'i celebration of the covenant given in the last will and testament of Baha'u'llah. November 2013

23 November January New Year s Day St Basil's Day (Greece) 1 All Saints Day Deepavali Independence (Hindu) Day (Mynmar/Burma) Anniversary of Revolution (Algeria) 2 All Soul s Day (Catholic 3 Diwali Deepavali (Hindu- Jain-Sikh) 5 Birth of Guru Gobind 6 Epiphany Day Jain New Year (Jain) Singh (Sikh) 4 Hijra New year (Islam) 7 Nativity Constitution of Christ Day (Orthodox (Tonga) 5 Melbourne Cup (Australia) Independence Day 10 (Cambodia) Baptism of Lord Jesus Maghi (Sikh) 11 Remembrance Day (Australia) 14 New Year s Eve (Orthodox National Tradition) Day (Angola) 12 Birth of Baha u llah 15 World Religion Day 13 Ashura (Islam) 14 Winter Lent Begins International Day of 17 Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Orthodox Tolerance (United Nations) Birthday (Sikh) World Religion Day Velvet Revolution (Slovak Republic / Czech Republic) National Day (Monaco) Yule Christ the King Mawlid al-nabi (Islam) 25 Conversion of Saint 26 Republic Day (India) Paul 21 Martin Luther King Jnr Day (USA) Burns Night (Scotland) National Day (Maldives) Tu BiShavat (Jewish) 27 Mahayana New Guru Tegh Year Bahadur (Buddhist) Martyrdom (Sikh) Day of the Covenant Ascension of Abdu l- 28 Australia Day Baha 31 Independence Day (Nauru) Thanksgiving USA (Interfaith) Saint Andrew s Day Hanukkah (Judaism) No If you culture want can to feel live, good if it about attempts yourself, to be do exclusive good things Mahatma John-Roger Ghandi

24 M ary and Nita have been friends for a very long time, but it was not until their husbands passed away that they got in contact again. They enjoy spending time together going bowling, eating with friends and to the morning teas that Diversicare facilitate once a month in the community centre. Mary was born in Edmonton, Far North Queensland in Her Italian mother met her Australian father (from an Italian background) in 1923 when she arrived in Australia. Later, they bought a cane farm and started a family together. Mary married her husband two years after he arrived in Australia to work as a cane cutter at her family farm in She remembered their first trip to Italy with her family in 1971 as the best trip ever! They travelled by boat for a month to get to Italy. They stayed in Italy with family and friends for 9 months. Nita was born in Italy in 1922 but came to Australia with her family when she was 18 months old. Her parents arrived in Australia in 1924 and bought a cane farm. Mary and Nita remembered the big cyclone that destroyed their farm in The cyclone ruined the farms and their families lost everything they had. Nita remembered that everything was flooded; you could not see the roofs of the houses. We were rescued by boat and taken to higher ground. They also remembered how hard their families had to work on the farm in order to survive. It was hard work cutting the cane by hand as no machinery was available. They also mentioned how they were bullied at school for being Italians. They are happy that times have changed and their children did not go through the same situation at school as they did. December 1st. Advent - Christian time of preparation for observing the birth of Jesus Christ. Advent begins on the Sunday nearest November 30 and is the beginning of the Christian worship year. Advent is observed with the lighting of advent candles, display of wreaths, and special ceremonies. Advent also anticipates the coming again to earth of Jesus Christ. The season continues through December 24. 9th. Immaculate Conception - Catholic Christian day of celebrating the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was preserved from original sin all of her life. A day of obligation and required church attendance. 12th. Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian honouring of a legendary appearance of the Virgin Mary near Mexico City in 1531AD. 16th. National Day of Bahrain Eid al Watani - Bahrain's National Day is celebrated throughout the country with parades and processions. 28th. Holy Innocents Day - Christian day of solemn memory of male children killed by King Herod in the attempt to destroy Jesus. 31st. Watch Night - Christian occasion to thank God for bringing people safely through another year. Controversial history. Protestant European Christian history dating from 1733 and in US Some sources link the observance to Black Christian celebration of Emancipation in December 2013

25 December January 2013 MON MON TUE TUE WED WED THU THU FRI FRI SAT SAT SUN SUN 1 New Year s Day St Basil's Day (Greece) Independence Day (Mynmar/Burma) 5 Birth of Guru Gobind Singh (Sikh) 1 1st Sunday in Advent 6 Epiphany Day National Day (Romania) National Day (Central African Republic) 2 National Day (Emirates) 3 International Day of Independence Day 7 8 Rohatsu-Bodhi (Buddhist) Baptism of Lord 7 Nativity of Christ (Orthodox Persons with Disabilities (United Nation) (Finland) Saint Nicholas s Day Jesus Maghi (Sikh) 9 Immaculate conception 14 New Year s Eve (Orthodox Tradition) 10 Human Rights Day (United Nation) 15 World Religion Day Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholic 16 Independence 17 Day (Kenya) World Religion Day Posadas Navidenas International Migrants Day (United Nations) National Day (Bahrain) 21 Martin Luther King Jnr Day (USA) 23 Emperor s Birthday (Japan) National Day (Qatar) Mawlid al-nabi (Islam) 25 Conversion of Saint Paul Christmas Day 26 Boxing Day 27 Burns Night (Scotland) 28 Holy Innocent Constitution Day (Taiwan) St. Stephen s Day National Day (Maldives) 26 Republic Day (India) Tu BiShavat (Jewish) 27 Mahayana New Year (Buddhist) 29 Feast of the Holy family 28 Australia Day Independence Day Watch Night (Nauru) No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive Mahatma Ghandi Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction Anne Frank

26 HACC Brochures: Service Providers We provide education to enhance the cultural competency of agencies and their staff Cultural Briefing DVDs In My Home Italian, German, Vietnamese, Indian and Croatian The Home and Community Care Multicultural Advisory Service (HACC MAS) have developed cultural briefing DVDs on the above cultures called "In My Home". Each DVD contains photos, audio and video footage about the particular culture, including information about attitudes to aged care, communication, values, migration, food, leisure and customs, attitudes to health and illness, religion, and death, dying and rituals. These resources are available free of charge to Home and Community Care services in Queensland only. If you are a Home and Community Care service and are interested in the above cultural briefing DVDs, please contact: Chinese Clients Polish Special Projects Support Officer PO Box 409 Mt Gravatt Qld 4122 Ph: (07) Fax: (07) Dutch Russian Farsi Samoan German Greek Hindustani Spanish Tagalog Tok Piksin Cultural Profiles Diversicare has published a range of profiles to provide an overview of various cultures which support service providers in delivering cultural sensitive care. Italian Vietnamese See our website at

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