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27th annual Eau Claire Hmong New Year celebration offers something for everyone

| Juana Moya

Entertainment, great food, arts and crafts, colorful clothing, a fashion show — and did I mention food?

These are among some of the things that people will again enjoy during the 27th annual Hmong New Year events held this month in Eau Claire.

While this year’s celebration is moving from the UW-Eau Claire campus to the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center, Blugolds will again be very involved in the event. 

Students will run popular events such as the fashion show — one of the biggest components of the two-day event, and Blugolds also will help to emcee the event.

The Hmong New Year celebration, hosted by the Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, marks the end of the harvest season. It allows families to give thanks to their ancestors and to welcome the new year.

Here are some reasons why the $3 admission will be the best money you’ll spend on Nov. 14 and 15.

Learn more about the Hmong culture in our community.

 

“This is the only time of the year that we get to really celebrate being Hmong and embrace our colorful celebrations,” said Pa Thao, executive director of the ECAHMAA.

The event allows the Hmong community to openly embrace and celebrate its culture, and it also welcomes non-Hmong members from campus and the Eau Claire community to join in on the fun.

Hmong participants are encouraged to wear traditional Hmong clothing to the event as part of the celebration.

“This is when the community remembers where we came from and the great things about being Hmong,” Thao says. “The Hmong and non-Hmong communities can immerse themselves in authentic Hmong culture.”

The food and entertainment.

 

On Saturday, Nov. 14, starting at 7 p.m., various live performances, such as traditional Hmong dancing and songs will be performed by members of the community of all ages.

The food will vary, offering a little bit of something for everyone. Sticky rice, khao pun noodles, chicken legs and even bratwursts are among the menu items.

Student involvement from our campus.

This is a great opportunity to watch fellow Blugolds — alongside community members — immerse themselves in an important cultural event in our community.

As part of the evening entertainment, students will help put together a fashion show and will showcase a variety of talents during dance and singing competitions.

“This is the best chance for young people to get together and be immersed in the Hmong culture through songs, games, food and traditional music,” says Kevin Xiong, ECAHMAA cultural events coordinator.

The Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center is located at 3456 Craig Road. The celebrations are open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15. The evening entertainment will run from 7 p.m.-midnight Nov. 14. For more information, call the ECAHMAA at 715-832-8420.