In a show of culture, respect and understanding, the Wagga multicultural community came together to celebrate Harmony Day with friends and family.
Children and families of all ages and nationalities spent the day sharing food, conversation and company, and in the wake of the massacre which happened on Friday in Christchurch, children as young as 10 years old remained positive on how to create a safer world.
Maryam Sulaiman, 17, came to Australia almost two years ago from Iraq, and said Harmony Day was about supporting everyone, regardless of their race.
"Everybody needs to come together, and appreciate community, culture and peace from every country and background," she said.
"Everybody needs to love each other because the hate we have in this world makes it so hard to live in, especially for women and children.
"Sadly, if people don't start putting their hands together and being supportive, things like what happened in New Zealand will keep happening."
One girl shared the opinion that society needs to recognise everyone has different ways of feeling and coping.
"It's important for people to be nice to each other because they need to remember that if they have feelings, so does everyone else, and that their feelings can be hurt even if the other people don't understand why," 12-year-old Jakilan Aoso said.
"Nobody has the same shape, or size or background so we have to understand that, and I guess a lesson can be learnt from things like what has happened in New Zealand, if they see how scary that can be they might understand everyone else can be scared of different things too."
Tenah Silo is an 11-year-old who moved to Australia with her family from Iraq, telling The Daily Advertiser of the struggles they endured in their home country.
Despite the fear and trauma she experienced, Miss Silo said happiness can be found through support.
"People would be happier if they came together more often to celebrate harmony like today and see we are all humans, just from different places," she said.
"We are actually having a harmony day at school where everyone wears orange to show we can come together and be on the same level."
In light of the massacre in New Zealand, Watban Ibriham said there is an important part of the trauma that everyone needs to remember.
"Things like what has happened in New Zealand need to be understood that it is not the whole community to be blamed, it was just one person's actions who was out of his mind," he said.
Attending the Multicultural Council's Harmony Day event taught many lessons, but one which stood out for everyone to remember was shared by 12-year-old Sozan Jeejo.
"Harmony Day is about being nice to eachother, and even if you're getting bullied or someone isn't being kind, you must always be nice to them still and treat others the way you want to be treated," she said.
"It is all about friendship, culture and understanding."
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