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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.

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The festival will take place in-person: Saturday, November 5, 10am-5pm 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.

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Seattle Center Festál presents Hmong New Year Celebration in partnership with Hmong Association of Washington (HAW). The festival celebrates the end of the harvest season with intricate clothing, dance, food, and more.


The Hmong people are an ethnic group who have maintained their own language, customs and ways of life, while adopting the ways of the country they live in, since the Hmong do not have a country of their own. The Hmong New Year Celebration was created to give thanks to ancestors and welcome a new beginning. This is the biggest festive holiday celebrated where Hmong communities exist. Traditionally, this celebration lasts for ten days, but has been shortened in the U.S. Everyone dresses in traditional Hmong clothing and enjoy traditional food, dance and music. One very popular part of the Hmong New Year is, 'Pov Pob' tossing ball between two people, a form of courtship.


  • Hmong women are known for their embroidering hemp and cotton and intricate needlework of traditional clothing.
  • Hmong are also famous for their silverwork in jewelries and blacksmiths specializing in farm tools and weapons.
  • Hmong has only 18 surnames/clans: Chang/Cha, Cheng, Chue, Fang, Hang, Her, Khang, Kong, Kue, Lee, Lo/Lor, Moua, Pha, Thao, Vang, Vue, Xiong, and Yang.
  • The Hmong language has two dialects: white and green (similar to the British and American forms of English).
Learn more about Hmong Association of Washington (HAW).
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