Mai Lee Cha
My name is Mai Lee. I am 20 year old. I was born in Laos. I have a mom and a dad. I have five brothers and one sister. My family is still in Laos. In Laos my family and I do farming. We grow papaya, mango, rice, pineapple, lemongrass, and cassava root. I came to the U.S.A. on April 17, 2017 after I married to my husband.
This picture is important to me because I want people to know about the Hmong New Year celebration. Hmong people celebrate the New Year once a year around December. The Hmong New Year is one of the most important celebration for the Hmong people. It is to celebrate the end of the year`s crops harvest and to welcome the new year.
The New Year celebration usually run from 3 to 7 days. People from different villages come to the celebration. During the New Year celebration, we have bull fight, singing, dancing, play top, and play different Hmong flutes competitions.
The Hmong New Year is also a time for people to eat, drink together, visit families, and for young people to put their new clothes on and to find a mate. The young people do ball tossing, talk, and sing song to each other. The old people watch the young people do ball tossing, and singing. Ball tossing is a way for people to meet and talk to each other.