Friday, January 01, 2010

On Happy Hmong New Year: A performance from "Ntxhais Dej Dag," aka Baha'i Club Hmong Dancers

Florin High School Hmong dance for Winter Assembly during 2009-2010. We all worked really hard for this dance and we all love the performance. Enjoy the performance from "Ntxhais Dej Dag" aka Baha'i Club Hmong Dancers.
This is rockin' music and dance. -gw
Hmong New Year celebrations frequently occur in November and December (traditionally at the end of the harvest season when all work is done), serving as a thanksgiving holiday for the Hmong people.

Historically, the Hmong New Year celebration was created to give thanks to ancestors and spirits as well as to welcome in a new beginning. Traditionally, the celebration lasts for ten days, has been shortened in America due to the difference between the traditional Hmong farming schedule and that of the American 40-hr work week schedule. ...

Here are a few practices that the Hmong observe during their New Year Celebration...

  • Hu Plig (Soul Calling)—Calling back every soul in the family to unite with the family
  • Pe Tsab (Asking for Blessings from Elders)—Occurred early morning during New Year’s day, including parents, uncles, father/moth-in-law, and dead ancestors
  • Ntxuav Kauv Laug (Cleaning the Body)—To cleanse the body of dirtiness
  • Ntuag Qhauv—A ritual to get rid of problems, issues, temper, loneliness, and all the bad things which have occurred in the household
  • Xa Noob Ncoos/Tsoog Laug—A very special “thanksgiving” event where parents and in-laws are honored
  • Tam Noob Ncoos—A thank you feast from parents and in-laws
  • Tso Plig—To release the souls of all dead ones

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