Hmong New Year Celebrations of 2012 in the United States and Other Countries

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By Richard Wanglue Vang

Milwaukee, WI — Each year, thousands of Hmong from around the world travel to their homeland, Laos, to be apart of the Hmong New Year celebration. Traveling is usually done in November through December, and the average usually spent is $4,000.00. This helps Laos’s local and national economic tremendously from the last several decades.

In the United States, some of the Hmong New Year celebrations begin as early as September through January 1st.  Many of the younger generations within the Hmong community question the many New Year celebrations that the Hmong community holds throughout the year.  The answer to the question of why so many new year celebrations, is that throughout the Hmong tradition from Laos, Thailand, and other countries, the Hmong always celebrates the {sidebar id=1}pre-Hmong New Year Celebration “Noj Tsiab Peb Caug” follow by the actual Hmong New Year celebration “Noj Peb Caug”.  Pre-Hmong New Year celebration occurs locally within each village, city or county, and begins prior to the actual Hmong New Year celebration “Noj Peb Caug”.  The Hmong New Year celebration actually occurs in a central area for all Hmong to come and celebrate the final Hmong New Year together. In the United States, the Hmong New Year Celebration, “Noj Peb Caug,” is known as the Hmong International New Year held annually in Fresno, California. This particular New Year celebration draws thousands and thousands of Hmong and none-Hmong people from all over the world to participate in the continuation of the five-day celebration. The Hmong New Year event is the second largest event on the Fresno Fairground.

The list below is the known schedule of Pre-Hmong New Year and Hmong New Year Celebrations in the United States and other countries.  Please keep in mind that some of the dates may change without notice.

Arkansas State
11/03/2012 to 11/04/2012
NW Akansas & NE Oklahoma Hmong New Year
S. 550 and HWY 412 Scenic,  Benton County Fairground, Bentonville AR 72712
Contact Info: (479)220-8060 or (479)220-9830

California State
10/06/2012 to 10/07/2012
Chico Hmong New Year Festival
Marsh Junior High
2253 Humboldt Rd, Chico CA 95928
Contact Info: (530)403-0786

11/03/2012 to 11/04/2012
Marysville & Yuba City Hmong New Year
Yuba Sutter Fairground
442 Franklin Ave, Yuba City CA 95991
Contact Info: (530)301-9165

11/10/2012 to 11/11/2012
Stockton Hmong New Year
San Joaquin County Fairgrounds
1658 South Airport Way, Stockton CA 95206
Contact Info: (209)466-0721

11/22/2012 to 11/25/2012
Sacramento Hmong New Year
Cal Expo Fairground
1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento CA 95815
Contact Info: (916)821-4576

12/20/2012 to 12/23/2012
Merced Hmong New Year
Merced County Fairgrounds
900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced CA 95340
Contact Info: (209)384-7384

12/26/2012 to 01/01/2013
Hmong International New Year
Fresno Fairground
1121 S. Chance Ave., Fresno, CA 93702
Contact Info: (559) 487-1012

Georgia State
11/10/2012 to 11/11/2012
Hmong Georgia New Year Celebration
Lor’s Soccer Field
2007 Stanley Christian Rd., Monroe GA 30655
Contact Info: (678)469-0337 or (770)530-4929

Michigan State
10/13/2012 to 10/14/2012
Hmong Michigan New Year
Bishop Gallagher Athlete Complex
36301 Utica Road, Fraser MI 48036
Contact Info: (586)871-3750

Minnesota State
11/03/2012 to 11/04/2012
Hmong American New Year
Mall of America Field (Metrodome)
900 S 5th St., Minneapolis, MN 55415
Contact Info: (651)291-1104 or (651)485-1485

11/23/2012 to 11/25/2012
Minnesota Hmong New Year Celebration
River Center
175 Kellogg Blvd W, St. Paul, MN 55102
Contact Info: (651)497-1962 or (651)724-3366

North Carolina State
11/17/2012 to 11/18/2012
Hmong Carolina New Year Celebration
Hickory American Legion Fairground
1127 W US 70 Hwy, Newton NC 28658
Contact Info: (828)327-6137

Wisconsin State
10/13/2012 to 10/14/2012
Hmong La Crosse New Year Festival
Crusa Soccer Fields
2500 Hauser Street, La Crosse WI 54603
Contact Info: (608)781-5744 or (608)399-4182

11/03/2012 to 11/04/2012
Wausau Area Hmong New Year
Greenheck Field House
6400 Alderson Street, Schofields WI 54476
Contact Info: (715)355-9549 or (715)302-5478

11/10/2012 to 11/11/2012
Eau Claire Hmong New Year
UW-Eau Claire Ade Olson Addition Gym
509 Univeristy Drive, Eau Claire WI 54702
Contact Info: (715)832-8420 or (715)529-1081

11/23/2012 to 11/24/2012
Southern Wisconsin Hmong Association
Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison WI 53713
Contact Info: (608)698-7344 or (608)628-4368

12/08/2012 to 12/09/2012
Milwaukee Hmong New Year
Wisconsin Exposition Center
8200 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis WI 53214
Contact Info: (262)664-6391 or (414)628-6328

12/29/2012 to 12/30/2012
Hmong Wisconsin New Year Celebration
Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena
1901 S Oneida St, Green Bay WI 54304
Contact Info: (920)327-0785 or (920)227-7754

CHIANGMAI, THAILAND
Hmong Chianmai New Year Celebration
12/29/2012 to 12/30/2012
700 Year Stadium
Chiangmai, Thailand

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