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.



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