12th annual UW-Stout event celebrates the Hmong New Year

MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Hmong New Year is being celebrated Saturday in Menomonie.

The 12th annual Hmong Stout Student Organization's celebration is complete with traditional dancing, singing and even a volleyball tournament - a sport that's popular in Hmong culture.

There is also a fashion show with traditional Hmong clothing and a ball toss game called "pov pob.”

The event was open to the public, students, and staff.

Organizers say Hmong New Year is a time to meet new people and celebrate culture.

The event not only celebrates the start of a new year but also honors ancestors and spirits from the Hmong culture.