Blessings, Honor and a Prosperous 2010
The Hmong New Year is a three day family reunion that takes place in every Hmong home. It celebrates the completion of the rice-harvest; the years end and the beginning of a new cycle and New Year. During this celebration the wandering spirits of the family and the spirits of wealth are called home to be honored. A central part of the reunion is to “eat 30” or 10 dishes a day for 3 day s. In addition to the “30,” numerous rituals for calling and releasing spirits, blessing, healing, cleansing, honoring elders and thanksgiving are performed.
After this 3 day “in home” reunion ends, another celebration referred to as “raising the mountain” takes place “outside” in a public Place. This celebration, though confused as the New Year’s celebration is actually a different event. This is the one that takes place at the Fresno Fair grounds and involves ball tossing, singing, traditional clothing, food, dance, music, a beauty contest and other forms of entertainment. The former celebration is more spiritual in nature than this public event. If you get a chance visit Hmong culture live as they’re “raising the mountain” at the fair grounds December 24, 2008 – January 1, 2009.