Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hmong New Year Festival

The Hmong New Year is a Hmong tradition which takes place annually in areas where large Hmong communities exist. In Laos provinces such as Luang Prabang, Xieng Khouang, Vientiane and Oudom Xay the festival is held at several different places.

During the New Year's celebration, Hmong people dress in traditional clothing and enjoy traditional foods, dance, music, bull fights, and other forms of entertainment.

The Hmong New Year occurs usually during November and/or December (at the end of the harvest season), serving as a thanksgiving holiday for the Hmong people.

Historically, the celebration was held to give thanks to ancestors and spirits as well as to welcome in a new beginning. The New Year celebration lasts for ten days.

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