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Merced Lao Family Community, Inc.



1748 Miles Court, Suite # B

Merced, CA. 95348

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Hmong New Year


The Hmong New Year celebration has existed for thousands of years and in recent years has changed considerably. The heritage of this unique celebration was celebrated on the last day of the 12th months of Lunar Moon each year. Hmong ancestors celebrated this event in their native country of Laos through these various traditional rituals:

Information about our past hmong new year:


The beginning ceremonies in the Hmong villages in Laos included all family members to pass under a vine symbolizing leaving behind all that was evil and welcoming all that is good. Families would conduct a soul calling ceremony which would eliminate all bad spirits and provide only good to enter their home. A cleansing of their bodies were then completed immediately after Midnight the women would go to water wells to collect the "new and clear water" for their families. Village populations would not work for three days and would partake in special New Year activities-Top (Tuj Lub), and cultural dances. Hmong folk music and song, traditional ball tossing, and other special events.

Since immigration to the United States and for the past 32 years, the Hmong population has celebrated their annual New Year in Merced County. Many traditional and cultural activities have changed, particularly for the younger generation. The original purpose of the Hmong New Year celebration was to gather family and friends together for days of rest and relaxation; to bring young generations together; and to call for a prosperous New Year. The New Year celebration is a most important time for the Hmong population and is a very special event in the social lives of the Hmong in Merced County.

The New Year celebration continues to be held each December and draws approximately 5,000 attendees per day from all over the world. Festivities include ball tossing, sporting tournaments, cultural shows, pageantry, merchant vendors, and many more.



2012-13 - Merced Hmong New Year



2012-13 Merced Hmong New Year Celebration will be held on December 20-23, 2012 at Merced County Fairgrounds. A special thanks to our sponsors, donors, vendors, and individuals for their continued support our Merced Hmong New Year.



2011-12 - Merced Hmong New Year



2011-12 Merced Hmong New Year Celebration will be held on December 16-19, 2011 at Merced County Fairgrounds. A special thanks to our sponsors, donors, and individuals for their continued support our Merced Hmong New Year.

OUR SPONSORS & DONORS

GOLD SPONSORSHIP
McDonald-Moroch Partners PG&E

SILVER SPONSORSHIP
Golden Valley Health Centers

BRONZE SPONSORSHIP
AAA California Auto Association Dole Package Foods, LLC

DONORS
Bangkok Thai Restaurant, Brothers Tires & Auto Repair, California Telephone Access Program, Chang Chiropractic Clinic., Joao F. Chang & Thida Mahasucon, D.D.S., Foster Farms, Gene The Florist, Khw Moos Loob, Law Office of Paul C. Lo, Leap/Carpenter/Kemps Insurance Agency, Lee's Merced Community Food Market, Credit Union, Peking Smorgi, Sam's Cafe, Selma Auto Mall, UC Oriental Market, Yang Insurance Agency



2010-11 - Merced Hmong New Year



2010-11 Merced Hmong New Year Celebration was held on December 17-20, 2010 at Merced County Fairgrounds. A special thanks to our sponsors, donors, and individuals for their continued support our Merced Hmong New Year.

OUR SPONSORS & DONORS

Gold SPONSORSHIP
PG&E

SILVER SPONSORSHIP
Golden Valley Health Center McDonald's

BRONZE SPONSORSHIP
AAA California Auto Association Dole Package Foods, LLC POCKET 8's Sushi & Grill Werner Company

DONORS
Brothers Tires & Auto Repair, Central California Dental Surgicenter, California Telephone Access Program, Chang Chiropractic Clinic, Joao F. Chang & Thida Mahasucon, D.D.S., Foster Farms, Gene The Florist, Honda North, Kia Lee Market, Law Office of Paul C. Lo, Leap/Carpenter/Kemps Insurance Agency, Lee's Merced Community Food Market, Liberty Tax Service, School Employees Credit Union, MT Pure Water, Orient Market Peking Smorgi, Sam's Cafe, SUN RICE - TXHUV HMOOB, Tou's Auto Sales & Service, UC Oriental Market



2009-10 - Merced Hmong New Year



2009-10 Merced Hmong New Year Celebration was held on December 18-21, 2009 at Merced County Fairgrounds. A special thanks to our sponsors, donors, and individuals for their continued support our Merced Hmong New Year.

OUR SPONSORS & DONORS

GOLD SPONSORSHIP
Central California Dental Surgicenter PG&E Wal-Mart

SILVER SPONSORSHIP
Golden Valley Health Center

BRONZE SPONSORSHIP
AAA California Auto Association Anthem Blue Cross Comcast Dole Package Foods, LLC POCKET 8's Sushi & Grill Werner Company

DONORS
AEGIS Medical Systems, Inc, California Telephone Access Program, Chang Chiropractic Clinic, Cha's Auto Repair, Dr. Joao F. Chang & Thida Mahasucon, DDS, Gene The Florist, Kia Lee Market, Law Office of Paul C. Lo, Leap/Carpenter/Kemps Insurance Agency, Lee's Merced Community Food Market, School Employees Credit Union Credit Union, MT Pure Water, Orient Market - Pao Xiong, Peking Smorgi, River City Communications, Sam's Cafe, Smart Save Tou's Auto Sales & Service, UC Oriental Market, Western & Southern Financial Group



2008-09 - Merced Hmong New Year



2008-09 Merced Hmong New Year Celebration was held on December 19-22, 2008 at Merced County Fairgrounds. A special thanks to our sponsors, donors, and individuals for their continued support our Merced Hmong New Year.

OUR SPONSORS & DONORS

GOLD SPONSORSHIP:
PG&E
Wal-Mart

SILVER SPONSORSHIP:
Golden Valley Health Center

BRONZE SPONSORSHIP:
AAA California Auto Association
Anthem Blue Cross
Comcast
Dole Package Foods, LLC
Werner Company

DONORS:
AEGIS Medical Systems, Inc
California Telephone Access Program
Chang Chiropractic Clinic
Cha's Auto Repair
Chuckchansi Gold Resort & Casino
Dr. Joao F. Chang & Thida Mahasucon, DDS
Gene The Florist
Five Star Auto Service
Kang Xiong, New York Life Insurance
Kia Lee Market
Law Office of Paul C. Lo
Lee's Merced Community Food Market
Merced School Employees Credit Union
MT Pure Water
Orient Market
Peking Smorgi
Sam's Cafe
Tou's Auto Sales & Service
UC Oriental Market
Western & Southern Financial Group
Yang Insurance Agency



2007-08 - Merced Hmong New Year



2007-08 Merced Hmong New Year Celebration was held on December 20-23, 2007 at Merced County Fairgrounds. A special thanks to our sponsors, donors, and individuals for their continued support our Merced Hmong New Year.

OUR SPONSORS & DONORS

SILVER SPONSORSHIP:
Golden Valley Health Center
Werner Company

BRONZE SPONSORSHIP:
AAA California Auto Association
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Comcast
Dole Package Foods, LLC

SPONSORS:
Foster Farms
Gene The Florist
Lee Architect
Law Offices of Paul C. Lo

DONORS
Chang Chiropractic Clinic
Cha's Auto Repair
Dr. Joao F. Chang & Thida Mahasucon, DDS
Kia Lee Market
Law Office of Paul C. Lo
Leap/Carpenter/Kemps Insurance
Lee's Merced Community Food Market
Mer-Save Market
Merced School Employee Federal Credit Union
Orchard Supply Hardware
Orient Market
Sam's Cafe
UC Oriental Market



2005-06 - Merced Hmong New Year

2005-06 Merced Hmong New Year Celebration was held on December 16-19, 2005 at Merced County Fairgrounds and sponsored by the following businesses, companies, and agencies. A big thank to the businesses and organizations, contributing booths and individuals for all their support in making this wonderful Hmong New Year 2005-2006 Celebration possible.
Hosted by: Merced Lao Family Community, Inc
OUR SPONSORS & DONORS

SPONSORSHIP
AAA California Auto Association, Blue Cross of California, City of Merced, Comcast, Gold Sombrero Card Room, Golden Valley Health Centers, Merced Screw Products, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, STAPLES copy & print center

DONORS
-Asia Market, -Cha's Auto Repair, -Chang Chiropractic Clinic, -Cold Stone Creamery, -Dole Packaged Frozen Foods, Inc, -Five Star Auto Service, -Kia Lee Market, -Lee's Merced Community Food Market, -Mer-Save Market, -New Asian Market, -Orient Market, -Sam's Cafe, -UC Oriental Market



2004-05 - Merced Hmong New Year

A message from the New Year Chairman, Mr. Kang Yee Xiong:
"It is my pleasure to welcome all of our guests to the 2005 Merced Hmong New Year celebration. This is a special time for the Hmong and we are pleased that you are able to join us for all of the festivities. As you are aware, this is an annual celebration which, like the American New Year?s Eve, rigs out the old and welcomes in the New Year. This Hmong custom continues each year thanks to all of your support. We gratefully acknowledge that support in allowing us to promote the recognition of our Hmong cultural heritage here in Merced County. This special occasion brings together relatives, friends, and other community members of Merced County and allows us to pass on to our youger generation, the special activities of our culture. Please accept our gratitude to all of the sponsors, vendors, and supporters participating in this event and for the continued success year after year. Again, thank you for joining us and we welcome you to have a joyous time in celebrating our 2005 Merced Hmong New Year."

2004-05 Merced Hmong New Year Celebration was held on December 17-22, 2004 at Merced County Fairgrounds.
Hmong New Year was sponsored by the following businesses, companies, and agencies. A big thank to the businesses and organizations, contributing booths and individuals for all your support in making this wonderful Hmong New Year 2004-2005 Celebration possible.

OUR SPONSORS & DONORS
-Blue Cross of California -CHUKCHANSI GOLD Resort & Casino -Pacific Gas and Electric Company -Werner Company




2003-04 Merced Hmong New Year Celebration was held on December 19-22, 2003 at Merced County Fairgrounds and sponsored by many local businesses, companies, and agencies. A big thank to the businesses and organizations, and individuals for all your support in making this wonderful Hmong New Year 2003-2004 Celebration possible. Hosted by: Merced Lao Family Community, Inc

Co-Sponsored:
-Blue Cross of California -Health Net of California -Health Collaborative - Tobacco-Free Future for South East Asians Project



2002-03 Merced Hmong New Year Celebration was held on December 20-23, 2002 at Merced County Fairgrounds and sponsored by the local businesses, companies, and agencies. A big thank to the businesses and organizations, and individuals for all your support in making this wonderful Hmong New Year 2002-2003 Celebration possible. Hosted by: Merced Lao Family Community, Inc.

Co-Sponsored:
-Blue Cross of California -Health Net of California -Health Collaborative - Tobacco-Free Future for South East Asians Project


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