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Hmong community kicks off annual New Year celebration

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - While the traditional New Year celebration is over a month away, the festivities began early on the UW Eau Claire campus this morning.

The Eau Claire Hmong community started their annual New Year celebration at the McPhee Center today. The event features traditional Hmong music, festivities, and food. The holiday began as a month long festival to celebrate the end of the harvest season. Locally, the event is more about showing off Hmong culture.

"It's the one celebration of the year where people get to dress up in their traditional Hmong clothes. Us being here in America, we don't get a chance to do that every day, so you'll see a lot of little kids in their Hmong costumes, a lot of elders in Hmong costumes. It's a time to just enjoy being Hmong and getting to wear and showcase your Hmong clothing and customs and traditions," said Pa Thao, The Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association's Executive Director.

The New Year celebration will continue tomorrow at the McPhee Center. It opens at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m.

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