Hmong New Year Marked with Cultural Celebration

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People of all different ethnic backgrounds turned out Saturday to attend the Wausau Area Hmong New Year celebration in Weston. The event has been put on by the Wausau Area Hmong Mutual Association since 1981.

The day featured speeches from influential members of the Hmong community, as well as talks given by political figures including Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple.

The celebration served as a great opportunity to showcase Hmong culture to the community. In addition to traditional dances and songs being performed, the festival also features arts, crafts, and traditional foods for sale.

Those who attend say it is a great way to keep the culture alive.
"It is a good opportunity for us to come here and spend time with friends and family. Practice some of our traditions that we don't get to practice on a daily basis. " said attendee Blia Vang.

The Hmong New Year festivities will run through Sunday at the Greenheck Fieldhouse in Weston. Admission for the event is $3.