It's a New Year
and a new start to begin a new you! New Year celebrations are always so exciting because it's the time to add sparkles, diamonds, plan the next year for success, reflect the highs and lows of that previous year, and catch up with your frequent social squads. Last week, I spent my Thanksgiving leisure at the NC Hmong New Year event with my family and friends. It was a four day annual cultural celebration encapsulated with vibrant Hmong clothes, yummy Southeast street food (notably, Hmong, Laos, and Vietnamese), live music, and ball tossing. Happy Hmong New Year to you and your family, or as we say in Hmong, "Nyob Zoo Xyoo Tshab".
NYOB ZOO XYOO TShAB!
They say...The Hmong New Year is the "official" time to court for a potential partner through the acts of ball tossing. It's a "flirting icebreaker" where the men and women are lined up in separate rows facing each other and toss a tennis ball while they socialize. However, in practice, you can ball toss with your own girlfriends. You also don't have to do it for serious dating commitments and the game is opened to all ages.
While my husband and I met before dating, our first hangout was at the NC Hmong New Year in the early 2000's. In retrospect, I've come to observed that back in the days, and today still in America and elsewhere globally,the Hmong New Year presents itself as a social public event that is accepting of young men and women to displaying dating acts (e.g. hand-holding, buying flowers for one another, and sharing the same plate of food). He asked me to be his shortly after my return home from the event.
S T R E E T F O O D
sliced mangoes in chili sauce
laos sausage and meatballs on a stick
grilled bbq chicken quarter leg & sticky rice
Hmong fashion accessories.
My mom gifted me Hmong clothes since I was a young girl. She kept my clothes in locked suitcases in the closet where the temperature is cool. When I got married, she handed me more Hmong clothes as wedding gifts. Then, I received even more from my mother-in-law after my marriage ceremony.
This year, I bought my first Hmong outfit. I wanted to continue building my collection of Hmong clothes and be able to pass down that sentimental history of mother and daughter relationship to my future daughters.
My husband joked around and said my new outfit looked like a dragon. hahahha. But hey, I tried going for something modern, fresh, young, and unique!
The shining star of this outfit is the collar. It adds a nice royal touch to the whole look, with a mixed of elegance.
What do you think about my outfit?
Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed my NC Hmong New Year 2017 celebration post and a bit into my culture. I try to post once every week. Plus, I created an "Ask Joua" thread, feel free to ask me anything!
How will you be celebrating this New Year?
PHOTOS BY KAO CHANG