Friday, August 5 2022

FRESNO, Calif. (KGPE) – The first day of Fresno Hmong New Year celebration festivities kicked off Thursday at the fairgrounds.

The world’s largest Hmong New Year celebration will come with some changes this year after the event was canceled last year due to the pandemic. In accordance with recommendations from the Fresno County Public Health Department, the event will last four days, as opposed to the week-long pre-pandemic celebration.

The event is enjoyed by both out-of-state visitors and local members of the Hmong community who look forward to the event year after year – like Cheeseng Moua.

“Coming to this event just means getting in touch with our roots and our culture,” says Moua.

“It’s just about the clothes, the food, the people, it’s the time of year when everyone can see each other and go out in our best outfits.”

Visitors were decked out in traditional clothing and warmed up with Khao Piak, a traditional Lao chicken noodle soup.

A vaccination clinic was available free of charge for those who attended the event. People 12 and older who received their first, second or booster shot also received a $50 gift card.

The event lasts until Sunday. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. and ticket information can be found here.

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