Hmong New Year celebration falls on the weekend of Thanksgiving in our area, and this year is exciting for Lee since she was dressed in a full Hmong outfit made by Mozemoua. It was exciting for me to meet her for the first time also, Lee was very shy, and here is a picture of Lee and Mozemoua.
Her sister Hlee took this picture for us, Lee in a full Hmong outfit.
We got there a little late, the traffic was insane and the parking lot was packed. I think next year we need to get there early in the morning and I would have more photo opportunity as well.
The crowd at the concert/ball field area. The image below would have looked better with a higher f/stop.
During the Hmong New Year celebration, the Hmong ball tossing game pov pob is a common activity for adolescents, but I noticed that older couples also play this game as well. Boys and girls form two separate lines in pairs that are directly facing one another. Girls can ball toss with other girls or boys, but boys cannot ball toss with other boys. It is also taboo to toss the ball to someone of the same clan. The pairs toss a cloth ball back and forth, until one member drops the ball. If a player drops or misses the ball, an ornament or item is given to the opposite player in the pair. Ornaments are recovered by singing love songs (hais kwv txhiaj) to the opposite player. (Source and to read more about the Hmong New Year) I’m not sure if the gifts and the singing of love songs are still practiced in America.
The concert area was packed with people.
I think you can find a good bargain of Hmong clothing here, but still very pricey comparing to MN. Mozemou said that it’s cheaper to buy on Sunday. It’s the last day and vendors would be willing to bargain since most vendors would want to sell what they could instead of taking it home with them.
My niece also came home with an outfit, we are looking forward to attending next year’s event.