8 in Oroville, stretching through November and December in Chico, Stockton, Sacramento, San Diego and Merced.
The celebration in Fresno typically brings residents from the Minneapolis area, which has the largest Hmong population in the country.
“This is for everyone, not just for the Hmong people,” he said.
The festivities on the first day are the most important in terms of tradition, Vang said, but each day has food, entertainment, competitions and vendors that will give others a view into Hmong life.
An ideal Hmong woman is silent, passive, and obedient.
Less than two miles away from the fairgrounds, a smaller, more traditional open-field celebration will take place at Calwa Park from Dec. The Calwa Park celebration will begin with an on-site parade and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and will be similar to the Hmong International New Year event, with food and competitions.
on Thursday, then focus on traditional blessings on the first day, a custom that goes back 1,000 years, said Sara Thao, events director with the United Hmong Council in Fresno. This is the first year the two celebrations will not have overlapping dates, Thao said.
So, how hard is it to find a Hmong man with the standards mentioned?
Statistics show that more and more Hmong women are exceeding Hmong men in graduating from high school and college. It means that the more educated a woman is, the more likely she will look for a life partner whose education is up to her level as well.