On November 17, 2017, on a rainy Friday evening, Mount Mary University held its first Hmong New Year celebration. The University’s Asian Student Organization, which had its official startup only a year and a half ago, proposed the idea to host the traditional celebration following its establishment as a well-known organization on campus.
The student-led event took over three months to prepare, and included setting up various tables for guests to learn about Hmong clothes, traditions and staple foods like spring rolls and stir-fry, which were also served at the event. Decorations, promotions and even a Hmong New Year-themed photo booth were made possible by members of the Hmong community and ASO’s own members.
The event featured performances from Hmong dance groups like Ntxhais Kaj Haub and various Hmong singers and rappers. Included in the show were messages from guest speakers May Yer Thao of the Hmong Chamber of Commerce and the Miss Hmong Wisconsin Court. The show ended with a fashion show featuring Hmong-inspired designs from local fashion designers.
The Asian Student Organization would like to thank everyone who attended the event and urge others to continue to learn about Hmong culture through events around Wisconsin. To start, to the right is a glossary of a few Hmong words to remember.
To learn more about future events held and supported by the Asian Student Organization, follow ASO’s Facebook page.
For other information on other cultural presentations and events held on Mount Mary’s campus, please visit the University’s official event calendar.