The Hmong people continue to grow and thrive- creating their own communities, as well as contributing to the cities in which they live. The Hmong people continue their traditions, celebrating them according to the calendar year based upon the old days. Hmong New Year is known as a time to give thanks to an abundance harvest, gather at the end of the year, cast away old habits and adapt to better ones. Historically, the Hmong New Year celebration was created as a way to give thanks to ancestors and spirits, and to usher in a new beginning. Hmong New Year is also a time for single individuals to meet their soon to-be spouse. Activities include a ball tossing game call pov pob, involving a boy and girl who would toss a hand-made sack back and forth to get to know each other. During this game, many people like to sing folk songs to one another which sounds similar to talking, but in a melodic way, called kwv txhiaj. The celebrations usually last up to 10 days and occur during November or December. Hmong New Year is an important cultural holiday celebrated by the Hmong community. It typically takes place in November or December, and is a time for families to come together and celebrate their culture and heritage. During Hmong New Year, traditional Hmong dance, music, and food are all featured prominently. People often dress in traditional Hmong clothing, and there may be parades, sporting events, and other activities. The holiday is also an opportunity for community members to pay respects to their ancestors and to reaffirm their cultural identity. It is a time of joy and celebration, and is an important part of the Hmong community's cultural calendar.
Hmong New Year celebrations frequently occur in November and December (traditionally at the end of the harvest season when all work is done), serving as a Thanksgiving holiday for the Hmong people. According to folklore and legends, Hmong New Year is traditionally held on the last day of December, which then lasts until 3 or 4 days within the first few days of January.
Admission Fee: $8 per/ person ages 9-64
FREE for children 8 under and senior citizens 65+
HSP Dance Competition Form
New updates on the HSP Hmong New Year this year: Because we are no longer having a Pageant, we are going to extend some funding over to the Dance Competition. (Any checks that comes in for the pageant will be returned). Prizes have increased to:
Three song is required by each dance group. The third and final song will be provided by HSP only after application and registration fee is submitted. So if you are interested please sign up quickly so you have time to choreograph the third song. *If you would like to dance for entertainment please come sign up by the stage.
Fashion Show: We are looking for volunteers to walk our Fashion Show. Please reach out to us if you are interested.
Singing Competition: We are looking for contestants for our singing competition. If we do not have enough contestants by November 1st, we will cancel it. *If you want to sing for entertainment please come and sign up by the stage. Thank you and we hope to see you all soon!
Hmong SE Puavpheej Pageant FB Page
Sports this year can be found on our sports page.
For the New Year Event, vendors have the option to choose a one time application or a 3-5 year contract. For vendors who are interested in reserving and participating with us for 3-5 years please download and fill out Form-1 (3-5 Year Contract Agreement Booth Reservation). For vendors who wants to apply for a one time reservation please download and fill out Form-2 (Booth Reservation Application & Policy Form).
When you reserve a booth, you MUST print out a copy of the Form-1 or Form-2 application. Fill and sign the form and send them to HSP with your FULL payment including the $500 deposit. Remember to EMAIL a copy of your completed Booth Application, Vendor Booth Policy and your FULL payments to: email@example.com
Vendor forms can be found here
This project was supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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