Posted on | January 3, 2012 | 6 Comments
Last week, we attended the Hmong New Year Celebration in Fresno, California. The Hmong people are an ethnic group from regions in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and China. Yesterday, I posted a few pictures of some of the delicious food that was served everywhere. Today, I post some pictures of their fascinating traditional clothing. Mostly the women and girls were dressed up but every now and then you could spot a man in a traditional outfit as well.
The children were absolutely adorable.
The Hmong ball tossing game pov pob was played everywhere. It is a traditional Hmong courtship game played at Hmong New Year celebrations. It is an opportunity for Hmong single adolescents to get to know each other. The ball is tossed back and forth between the girl and the boy. If the ball drops, an item or ornament is given to the opposite player. This item can be recovered by singing a love song. We saw many young adults participate in this game. I believe the girls are allowed to toss the ball to other girls, but boys cannot ball toss with other boys. I have seen many young girls play pov pob.
Quite a few women were wearing the traditional dresses.
And every once in a while you could see a man in a traditional outfit as well.
Once again, Happy New Year everyone!