Hmong New Year to be celebrated Dec. 3 with daylong event

December 1, 2016

Dancers perform at the 2015 Hmong New Year celebration at UW-Stout.

Live music, dance, fashion, food, a volleyball tournament and more will be part of the 10thannual Hmong New Year celebration at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

The event, organized by the Hmong Stout Student Association, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Multipurpose Room of the Sports and Fitness Center, 220 13th Ave. E. A dance will follow at the Memorial Student Center.

Admission is $3 for the public before 2 p.m. and free for UW-Stout students, faculty and staff, children 5 and younger and anyone 55 or older.

The opening ceremony, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., will include remarks by UW-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer, Provost Patrick Guilfoile and Dean of Students Sandi Scott.

The featured performer during the day, at 12:20 p.m., will be singer Jennie Pho, of Milwaukee. The band Soul Phoenix, made up of three UW-Stout students, will play at 1:15 p.m. A fashion show will be from 1:25 to 1:50 p.m.

Other UW-Stout students scheduled to sing and dance are Mai Ta Lor, of Eau Claire; Zengshika Her, of Eau Claire; and Pa Houa Yang, of St. Paul.

Food vendors from Menomonie will sell traditional Hmong dishes and beverages.

A free dance will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. in the ballrooms of the student center, with live music by 7 Thaos, made up of seven cousins from Wisconsin Rapids.

Event organizers from the Hmong Stout Student Association include Gaonou Lor, of Eau Claire, a sophomore in cross-media graphics management; and Joshua Yang, of Schofield, a sophomore in engineering technology.

This will be a great time to learn about the Hmong culture and a great opportunity for the community to come together as one and grow. Enjoy a variety of delicious cultural food and entertainment,” Lor said.

Hmong New Year, celebrating the harvest season, is supported by the Stout Student Association, Residence Hall Association and Multicultural Student Services.

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Dancers perform at the 2015 Hmong New Year celebration at UW-Stout.