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Hmong New Year Celebrations

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Hmong New Year is a time of rest from harvest and work a time for Hmong people to start new lives, a New Year, and a new beginning. Hmong New Year means “noj peb caug” or eating thirty. There is an old folk tale associated with Hmong New Year. It is believed that a shaman hero named “Txoov

Siv Yis” or ChongSheeyee defeated the evil spirit called “Liv Nyoog”, a spirit who eats the Hmong people. And when he defeated the “Liv Nyoog”, he then called out all Hmong in hiding to come and celebrate their freedom. Hence, the origin of Hmong New Year.
On Hmong New Year, people conduct a traditional ceremony called “lwm sub or qaib”. It begins after 3 pm and must precede other ceremonies. It’s a ceremony for washing away the old and bad news and bringing forth the new and good news. Family members walk through a new year’s pole three times forward and three times backward and a rooster is sacrificed for the ritual ceremony.
After this ritual ceremony, families go to their homes and conduct other ritual ceremonies such as “hu plig” or the calling of the spirit and “pe tsiab” or honoring the elders and ancestors. Once these ceremonies are done, families are prohibited from going any far distanced or spending money. They stay in their homes for three days and nights and listen for signs of good and bad news, while hoping for good news. There are Hmong New Year celebration activities like bullfights, sports like Kato, soccer, volleyball, topspin, and talent shows. Hmong New Year is also a time for courtship and marriage.
Many people marry between first and fifteenth of the month; as they believe that new moon is good time for marriage—an occurrence the Hmongs live by.

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