It’s Hmong New Year season. I call it a “season” because Hmong New Year starts in mid-October to the first week of January. I guess, you can say that it’s like the county fairs where every county has its own fair. Every county (provided that the Hmong community has money) hosts a new year.
I wonder why we all just can’t have one new year. It’s ridiculous to have several new years through the year.
Sacramento used to only celebrate once during the year. Now they celebrate it twice. Rumors has it that the Hmong community leaders had a big argument about money and split up. So, now Sacramento county has two new years (celebrated at Cal Expo and the Gibson Ranch), a week apart from each other.
I don’t understand why people just can’t compromise. It makes us Hmong people look bad. Hmoob tsis txawj hlub Hmoob kiag li.
A non-Hmong friend of mine asked me why we have more than one new year. I couldn’t answer her. My reply was, “Maybe it’s because we want to visit each other’s new years?” But what’s the point when all the new years are basically the same?