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Date
Saturday, November 05, 2022
Time
10:00 a.m.
Place
Armory Food & Event Hall
Cost
Free Event

Hmong New Year Celebration is part of the Seattle Center Festál series and produced in partnership with Hmong Association of Washington (HAW).

In 2022, Seattle Center Festál is celebrating 25 years of stories and traditions. The theme, "Where the World Gathers" links together the series of 24 free festivals presented throughout the year, each with a unique cultural focus, identity, and range of engaging activities.

COVID-19 Protocols:
In terms of COVID requirements, Seattle Center is a City of Seattle department. Thus, we are following the guidance from the City of Seattle as well as King County Public Health. Learn about Seattle Center's health and safety protocols at our events. To protect the public, City staff and contractors are asked to be fully vaccinated.

The festival will take place in-person: Saturday, November 5, 10am-5pm (6pm-10pm for the concert) at the Armory Food & Event Hall. It is free and open to the public.

The Hmong New Year Celebration is a festival where the community gathers to celebrate the end of the harvest season. The community will adorn intricate textile clothing, perform traditional dances, feast on traditional Hmong food, and more.

Hmong Assocation of Washington (HAW)'s mission is to preserve and promote the culture, advocate for the Hmong people, and promote education in the community. They are also inspired to provide effective services and programs that improve the lives of their diverse Hmong community in WA. HAW started in 1983 to serve the Hmong American community in WA. Based on the last census in 2010, there are more than 2,400 in WA.

For thousands of years, the Hmong have maintained a distinctive culture, including dress, oral literature and religion, valuing their autonomy and close-knit community above all. In pre-war Laos, the Hmong remained intact, because they lived high in the mountains and had little contact with other people. In the late 1960s, when the Vietnam War spread into Laos, the United States recruited the Hmong to fight against communism. Displaced from their villages, many Hmong became refugees in their own country. In February 1973, the Vientiane Agreement was signed, calling for a cease-fire in Laos. American relief programs ceased, and the Laos People Party declared the Hmong enemies of the state. Between 1,000 and 3,000 Hmong were airlifted to Thailand, while thousands more who had fought for the CIA or remained neutral in the war, were left behind. In 1976, the first wave of Hmong immigrants arrived in the United States.

ARMORY STAGE: DAYTIME SCHEDULE (10am-5pm)

TIME PERFORMANCE
10:00am-10:30am

Opening Remarks from HAW Officers/Board

10:45am-11:00am Yee Xiong - Traditonal Qeej & Opening the New Year
11:05am-11:30am HAW Youth Dance Recording on Screen
11:35am-11:40am Nkauj Hmoob Laim Txuj Dance Group
11:45am-11:50am

Dej Nag Dance Group

11:55am-12:00pm Blue Iris Dance Group
12:05pm-12:10pm Lwn Sub Demonstratoin on Screen
12:15pm-12:20pm Leng Yang
12:25pm-12:35pm Corey & Jamie
12:40pm-12:45pm Pong Vang
12:55pm-1:10pm Jewel Thao
1:20pm-1:25pm Zong Pha Xiong (ZPX)
1:30pm-1:35pm Cooking Demo - Recording on Screen
1:40pm-2:10pm Fashion Show
2:20pm-2:30pm HAW Youth Dance Group
2:35pm-2:45pm Khmu Dance Group
2:50pm-3:00pm Janet and Billy - Recording on Screen
3:10pm-3:15pm Tub Hmoob Lauj Seattle
3:20pm-3:35pm Qeej Demonstration - Recording on Screen
3:55pm-4:10pm Billy Moua
4:15pm-5:00pm Hmong Generation

ARMORY FLOOR: BALL TOSS / ROSE SALE (ALL-DAY)

Come and join in the tradition of ball tossing! If you've found someone you fancy, HAW is selling roses!

ARMORY BALCONY: CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES (12pm-3pm)

There will be children's activities on the Armory Balcony to the right of the Gallery entrance. There will have FREE candy, bubble wands and sticker. This is a NO children drop-off at the children's activities stations. Children MUST have parent/guardian supervision present. HAW is not liable if anything happens.

  • Bracelet Making
  • Coloring Station
  • Paper Doll Making in collaboration with The Story Cloth Shop
  • Bean Bag/ Ring Toss Games

ARMORY LOFTS: BURKE MUSEUM GALLERY / BACKDROP / MEDIA ROOM (1pm-4pm)

In collaboration with the Burke Museum, HAW brings you the "Evolution of Old vs. New". Whether, it be through traditional clothing, tools, or food, you'll be able to see the evolution of Hmong people in the gallery. In addition, the gallery is also where the winning backdrop by  Xengyeng Xiong ( Em Carter) will be for everyone to photograph with!

Meet and Greet with Alix Phom, actor, model, and influencer will take place 1:00pm-1:30pm in front of the backdrop.

ARMORY FLOOR: ARTS, CLOTHING, JEWELRY & MORE VENDORS

OUTSIDE: FOOD VENDORS

Located outside of the Armory, there will be 3 food and beverage vendors to enjoy!

  • I Heart Hmong Sausage
  • Mov Ntse Dej/ Rice Water
  • Sap Sap Deli

ARMORY STAGE: CONCERT SCHEDULE (6pm-10pm)

TIME PERFORMANCE
6:05pm-6:50pm Johnny Boi
6:55pm-7:15pm Alex Thao
7:20pm-7:40pm Leng Yang
7:45pm-8:05pm Pong Vang
8:10pm-8:30pm Zong Pha Xiong (ZPX)
8:35pm-9:00pm Leng Yang
9:05pm-9:30pm Pong Vang
9:35pm-10:00pm Zong Pha Xiong (ZPX)


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