Hmong New Year

Hmong New Year

December to January
The Hmong people of Laos mark a 10-day celebration of the New Year to give thanks to spirits and ancestors, as well as to rejoice in a new beginning. They mark the occasion by wearing silk clothing in bright shades of red, green, and white along with ornate silver jewelry. Music is central to the celebration, with tunes played on such traditional instruments as the teun flute and Hmong-style khene pipe. Other traditional activities of the Hmong in Laos include leaf-blowing, ox-fighting, spinning-top competitions, cross-bow demonstrations, and Makkhon, a ceremony that involves young people tossing a ball made of cotton cloth back and forth.
CONTACTS:
Lao National Tourism Administration
Tourism Marketing and Promotion Dept.
P.O. Box 3556
Lane Xang Ave.
Hatsady Village, Chanthabouly District, Ventiane Capital Lao PDR
www.tourismlaos.gov.la
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Chapter 5 provides valuable ethnographic descriptions of shamanic practices around Hmong New Year and of the conduct of the funeral rites, including the hu plig ceremony that takes place thirteen days after the main three-day ceremony.
Disappointed organisers say the Hmong New Year concert in Fresno, California - held five days before the new year - was marred by violence on Wednesday and have slammed the behaviour in the footage as "unacceptable".
One story cloth on the virtual museum depicts the Hmong New Year, a joyful celebration encompassing Hmong capacity for traditional foods, blessings, romance, and games (see fig.
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