PHITSANULOK – Hmong hill tribe people in Thailand’s Phitsanulok province celebrate their cultural heritage in New Year traditions.
Hmong New Year celebrations in the northern province of Phitsanulok is traditionally held in January and last for about 10 days, while Hmong New Year celebration in other countries is held in November and December.
Hmong people of about 300 families in two administrative units of Chat Trakan district dress in their bright attire to join cultural displays between January 6 and 14.
In their unique brightly colored and intricately designed clothes, Hmong of all ages are taking parts in New Year gathering to pay respects to gods and ancestors, thanksgiving and welcoming new beginnings of a prosperous year.
They joined rituals, dances, children plays and feasts similar to Hmong ethnic in other countries.
The largest Hmong population is believed to be living in China while about 1.2 million of them are in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and parts of Myanmar.
Hmong of all ages are taking parts in New Year gathering to pay respects to gods and ancestors