Balloons and ornate clothes decorated the Greenheck Field house in Weston for the Hmong New Year Celebration. The two-day event celebrates the different traditions of the Hmong community.
"We are seeing a lot of people coming from around the area as well as other communities in the state of Wisconsin and even Minnesota," said Peter Yang, the event's public relations chair.
Guest speakers, performers and dance groups were some of the main attractions. There was also traditional Hmong food.
"Whenever you can learn about other cultures you can make your community a whole lot stronger we can embrace each others ideals and cultures," said Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple.Organizers say the new year celebration took months to plan, but they say all the hard work paid off.
"It's a part of Hmong culture you know we have to celebrate the new year," said Yang.
People of all ages came to the celebration, but the chairman of the event says for the Hmong children, it's about more than fun. It's also about learning the traditions.
"When they come here and they see many different people dressed in Hmong costumes it attracts them in wanting to wear Hmong costumes," said Yang.
Organizers say the new year is about getting rid of any bad luck from the year before, but it's also about celebrating new life. Something many here say they're looking forward to the most.
Organizers are estimating about five thousand people will attend the event during the weekend. The new year celebration continues until Sunday night.
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