FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE) – Day one of the Hmong New Year celebration festivities in Fresno kicked off Thursday at the fairgrounds.
The biggest Hmong New Year celebration in the world will bring some changes this year after the event was canceled last year due to the pandemic. Following recommendations from the Fresno County Department of Public Health, the event will last for four days as opposed to celebrating a week before the pandemic.
The event is enjoyed by both visitors from out of state and local members of the Hmong community who look forward to the event year after year, such as Cheeseng Moua.
“Coming to this event is just getting in touch with our roots and our culture, really,” says Moua.
“It’s just about the clothes, the food, the people, this is the time of year when everyone can see each other and go out in our best outfits.”
Visitors were dressed in traditional clothing and warmed up with Khao Piak, a traditional Laotian chicken noodle soup.
A vaccination clinic was available free of charge to those who attended the event. People 12 and older who received their first, second or booster dose also received a $ 50 gift card.
The event runs until Sunday. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. and ticket information can be found here.