Hmong New Year 2012

Hmong New Year tour

The 2012 Hmong New Year in Luang Prabang, Laos was spectacular as always with brilliant and beautiful traditional clothing, music, games, and food.

The Hmong New Year is celebrated in Luang Prabang city mid-December every year and throughout the villages of the city after each village’s rice harvest is completed.  The ball-tossing game that you can see in the pictures is called “pov pob” and is a courting game between adolescents and sometimes older couples.  There are playful consequences if you drop the ball including singing love songs to the other.  It is taboo to toss a ball between or date someone from your own clan.  The traditional clothing is beautiful, the music and games are fun, and the food and drinks are enjoyed by everyone.   At home, house spirits are honored and, if there is a shaman resident in the house, the healing spirit of She-Yee is set free for a time to wander the land.  If you didn’t make it this year, join us next year mid-December!

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