Celebrating the Hmong New Year

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West Salem, WI (WXOW) – The Hmong New Year is deeply rooted in Hmong heritage, and on Saturday hundreds of people traveled to West Salem to celebrate the tradition in the Coulee Region. 

The Hmong New Year traditionally celebrates the end of harvest season in Laos, typically falling between November and December. The West Salem event comes early to beat the cold Wisconsin winter.

Through traditional cuisine and dances the day highlights various aspects of Hmong culture.

All in an effort to provide an opportunity to learn more about the background of so many in our area.

“If you don’t know much about the Hmong culture this will be something for you to come and explore, come and experience,” Maichor Lee, an organizer of the celebration, describes.

“This is more like the Oktoberfest but a little bit different, this one is geared towards families.”

If you couldn’t make it to the celebration on Saturday the event runs from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday. All festivities take place at Veterans Memorial Campground in West Salem.

Peter Lenz

Peter Lenz

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