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La Journée Internationale

Published: August 9, 2019

Getting ready to welcome other villages!

Bonjour !  Hello! Today, Lac du Bois celebrated International Day with the other language villagers that are a part of Concordia Language Villages. This afternoon, after a song exchange in small groups of villages, the whole of Concordia Language Villages paraded around the Marktplatz, the center plaza area with lots of chanting, singing, and flag waving. 

Processing in around the Markplatz

For the rest of the afternoon, villagers ate food from around the world, played games, danced to songs in all different languages, browsed different bazaar stalls and tried to haggle for fruit, played volleyball, went canoeing and dragon boating, dunked counselors at the dunk tank, participated in human foosball, and even more! Around two thousand people attended the event in total, including not only the Villages themselves but also many guests from the Bemidji area and elsewhere.

The Global Summit team representing Belgium!

During the day were different events planned with groups from Lac du Bois before the big day. Global Summit consisted of two groups from our Village, one representing Belgium, and one representing Senegal.  The theme this year was "How on Earth can we all live together: building a sustainable world." Participants read statements, one in the target language and one in French, which addressed which of the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals they believed to be the most pressing. The teams had to work together to discuss action plans, and the Global Summit as a whole passed three resolutions! 

Another planned event on International Day was Dragonfly Story Hour where villagers shared some of the poems and stories that they had written throughout the week. Leading up to the day, other villagers trained for the Coupe du Monde or the World Cup soccer tournament. Lac du Bois unfortunately lost its first match, 3-0, againstWaldsee.

Dancing to Mercy at the closing ceremony

The journée (day) concluded with a grand ceremony, which brought together all the cultures of the different villages. As the theme of I-Day was "Inspire," Lac du Bois' opening performance included a dance to the song Mercy by Madam Monsieur, which focused on the importance of friendship and belonging. You can watch the performance here, and a video of our dean, Chantal, being presented to the audience here! Afterwards, everyone danced to Kixajó, a song in the Tz'utujil language from Guatemala, before returning to our site for dinner and more dancing before bed.

To festivities and friendship,


Click here to see more pictures from today!