THE face of Launceston is ever-changing as new religions, backgrounds, beliefs and nationalities grace its bounds.
The contribution made to the community by settlers was yesterday recognised at the annual Launceston Good Neighbour Council's annual international church service.
Good Neighbour Council's Wafa Ballard, originally of Syria, said the day was an opportunity to greet other residents, as well as bolster support for their own communities.
``It's awesome, it makes us feel better, normally we get together to lift each other up - especially during the last three years,'' Mrs Ballard said.
``It's really good, a lot of people from different nationalities who have travelled here gather, they're all 50 or 60 years old, it's just nice for them to come and remember their country with their flag.''
She said ongoing turmoil in Syria meant she had been about two months without contacting her brothers until last week, there was an element of that in the celebrations as well.
``Because of the situation there, everything is cut off, the electricity, the communications, we have to accept that and pray to God to help keep them safe,''
``We need to do that - how ever far away they are, they are still in our heart, there is still bondage as family.
``Days like today make you happy, you can wear your costume - which we don't get to do very often - and represent our countries with pride.''
She said a day centre was run for international settlers every Friday at The Salvation Army from 10am to 2pm.