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iDay - a celebration of culture

Turkish grape leaf rolls, Cameroonian casserole, and Latvian cookies. The world paid a call when LiUs international students put their home cultures on display on April 8.

Three years ago, the Student Union at the Institute of Technology organized the first International Day to assemble the university's foreign students in a cross-cultural event.

It turned out to be a great success and became an annual tradition. This year's celebration included participants from Bangladesh, Belgium, Cameroon, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Taiwan, Turkey, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. Each nationality was represented with a stand serving home cooking and cakes. The students distributed information about their home country and culture. It was an all-day party.

Lots of food, lots of talk, lots of rhythmic music and not a little dance entertainment. The students from China gave one of many exotic presentations. Hanxiao Ge, master's student at Socware System-on-Chip, demonstrated the traditional lute despite a noisy background. Both youngsters and oldsters were captivated by the two unseen students hidden in the saucy dragon that waved to the public, wiggled its ears and shook its colorful bottom.

As in previous years, iDay was a meeting not only of cultures, but of generations. Many students brought their families and friends to join in the celebration.


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Last updated: 2009-06-03