Flag procession part of MU International Day celebration

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 | 5:59 p.m. CDT; updated 10:17 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 24, 2013
MU's International Day celebration included a flag ceremony and a bazaar with food from countries around the world.

COLUMBIA — Brightly colored flags fluttered in the breeze as about 50 MU international students carried the flags of their home countries Tuesday morning from Jesse Hall to Lowry Mall in celebration of MU International Day. The event has occurred annually at MU since 2008.

Bonnie Ngo of Vietnam, president of the Missouri International Student Council, said the day is an important one for international students at MU.

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"This day gives every international student on campus the opportunity to celebrate their country's pride and be a part of such diversity, globalization and internationalization at MU," Ngo said.

Students in the International Day Flag Ceremony represented countries such as China, Vietnam, Israel, Iran and Great Britain.

Following the flag ceremony, students and community members were invited to enjoy food and beverages from countries around the world, see cultural displays and collect small souvenirs at the International Bazaar in Memorial Union. The bazaar has been an MU tradition since 1974.

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