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Hmong New Year celebration falls on the week of Thanksgiving in North Carolina, we went on the third day (Saturday) and they had a good turnout. This is the first time my dad attended the event with us and senior citizens over the age of 65 get in for free, so my dad didn’t have to pay. The ticket is $3 per person and Sunday is the last day.
When we got there my camera acted kind of funny, I think it was dirty. I tried to clean the body and lens the best that I could without having a proper cleaning kit. It worked for awhile and kept quitting on me, the strange thing was that the video feature worked just fine. This is the first time I came back from an event with a handful of photos. I manually cleaned the camera sensor when I got home, and it seems to work for now.
Lee in her Hmong outfit.
I ran into Mozemoua on my way out, I didn’t know at the time if my camera would take this picture. I’m glad it did and turned out okay. I was glad to see her again, I met her for the first time last year at the Hmong New Year. She had made the Hmong outfit for Lee.
This must be new fashion, I asked to take her photo and she was more than happy to pose for me.
He also wanted his picture taken.
I posted this information last year. 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.
We bought some fresh fruits on the way out.