Lac du Bois - Bemidji Blog

Thank you for visiting the blog feed for Lac du Bois - Bemidji, a French Language Village. Subscribe by email to receive new posts in your inbox.

Interested in more news about the French Language Villages? Visit our combined program blog, Vent Frais!

Journée Saint-Louis

Published: August 21, 2019

Colorful costumes from the parade

Salaam aleekum ! That's "hello" in Wolof, one of the native languages of Senegal. Today's theme was the Senegalese city of Saint-Louis, so our meal sketches during the day were presented partially in Wolof.  Founded in 1659, Saint-Louis was originally known as Ndar, a name which comes from the Wolof language, and was named Saint-Louis after the French king Louis XIV. The city has been classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO since 2000!  Click here to learn more about the city and to see some pictures. Throughout the day we ate delicious food from Senegal, including Thiboudienne (pronounced tee-boo-JEN),  the national dish. Here is a recipe if you'd like to make it at home!

Bissap popsicles!

     For our veillée (evening program), we celebrated le Fanal, which is a showcase of songs that takes place at the end of December. This performance is accompanied by a parade of floats which resemble buildings in the city. This article has great pictures and describes the parade in detail! Tonight, each pavillion, or cabin, created its own miniature float, then we all dressed up  and celebrated with a parade. We ended the evening with live music, dancing, homemade bissap popsicles (a popular drink in Senegal), and a campfire down by the beach.  Ba suba ak jamm-- See you tomorrow in peace! 


Click here for more photos from today!