MSUM celebrates 50 years of Celebration of Nations

Minnesota State University Moorhead celebrates the 50th anniversary of Celebration of Nations. Celebration of Nations is an annual event at MSUM in which international students set up booths to display art, clothing and information about their countries. The students also cook traditional foods to sample, provide entertainment of traditional music and dances. The celebration ends with a fashion show. Nearly 800 guests attend Celebration of Nations every year.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, MSUM has invited a Vietname Dance Group from Minneapolis to perform a Lion dance. The Lion Dance will be the opening act and is a part of the Vietnamese culture and custom in celebrating holidays and any special events.

There will also be a brief presentation on the history of international students at MSUM.

Along with this being the 50th year of hosting Celebration of Nations, it’s also a record setting number of international students at MSUM. This semester, MSUM has a total of 430 enrolled international students from 59 different countries and 65 international students on post completion work authorization. The top countries represented on campus are Nepal, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Japan, and China.

Our first international student came to MSUM in 1951 from Nigeria. All documentation was type or hand written and mailed from and to the student.

Celebration of Nations is Saturday, April 6, from 6-10 p.m. in the Comstock Memorial Union (CMU) ballroom. The opening celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the silent auction, flag parade, fashion show, entertainment, food booths and country booths to follow. Entrance to the main event is $2 per adult and kids under the age of five are free.

The Children’s World is from 4-6 p.m. in the CMU ballroom and is free for children. Activities at Children’s World include origami, games, coloring and other activities.

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