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The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reminds us of our collective responsibility for promoting and protecting this ideal.Brigadoon in 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the highland gathering in Bundanoon.

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The motion was supported by the Opposition and passed through both houses of Parliament; Brendan Nelson (former Leader of the Opposition) gave a formal response.

Many members of the Stolen Generations were present in the Chamber to hear the Apology and thousands more filled the Great Hall of Parliament House and flowed out onto the lawns to watch it on big screens. Holi is a boisterous festival with people smearing each other with coloured water and bright powders.

In many Greek homes, a special cake is baked on the eve of St Basil's Day with a gold or silver coin hidden inside.

On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian.

Originally a festival to celebrate good harvests and fertility of the land, Holi also commemorates some key figures in Hindu mythology.

Every year people are encouraged to hold their own event on National Close the Gap Day to raise awareness about the 17-year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The Calendar focuses on countries' national days, significant multicultural festivals in Australia, and events that are widely celebrated by Australia's major ethnic and religious communities.

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Holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the dates listed.