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Please join us this November 22 to celebrate the 2014-2015 Hmong New Year.

 

Event: Hmong Missoula New Year 2014 – 2015
Date: November 22, 2014
Time: 3:30 pm [doors open]
5:00 – 11:30 pm [dinner/entertainment]

Location: Target Range Elementary
Address: 4095 South Ave. West
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The Hmong New Year Celebration is held every year by Hmong communities across the globe to celebrate a time of rest from a long year of working the fields as well as honor those whom have passed and have bestowed their good luck and fortune onto the living. Read more about the Hmong New Year Here.

Hmong people have been living in the Missoula area for over 30 years since the end of the Vietnam War. Missoula was one of the first cities that Hmong people ended up in when they had to flee their homes as refugees for helping serve on the American side in the secret wars during the Vietnam war. Even General Vang Pao himself and many other men serving under him lived among the groups that settled in Missoula when the first wave of refugees came to the US in the late 70’s. Having no “real” place to call home, Hmong people today can be found in the US in states like California, Minnesota, Wisconson, North Carolina, Colorado, and more. It is this very notion that they are so torn apart, that keeps their culture and people so strong. Without a country of their own, Hmong people from across the world have found themselves drawn to each other more than ever in the last couple of decades as their histories are being unveiled by scholars. Many families are discovering from each other, several ties and lost love ones in countries as far as Australlia, France, China, and more.

Hmong father and son. Photo courtesy Youa Vang of www.nn-dp.com
Like many of the other immigrant groups to the Americas, the Hmong too were spread across the United States in hopes that their communities and ways would disappear like the concept of buttering toast; it will eventually be so thin that you cannot see it anymore. But like all other groups that came the the US, they found their ways in the big cities and grew themselves small communities that have helped stregnthen and kept their culture alive. The reason why the population of Hmong people in Missoula is much less than other big cities is because many ventured out in search for better jobs in hopes to acheive the American Dream. Doing only what they have done best since the times of their ancestors, the Hmong people who stayed in Missoula have farmed the lands and harvested some of the best crops to share with the community. They are well known for their contributions at the Missoula Farmer’s Market.

 

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