The ethnic minorities of Hmong people come originally from China and settled in North Thailand in areas of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Nan province. They celebrate New Year on a bit different date as Thai New Year or Western New Year (yes many new years in Thailand!). Most times it will take 3 or 4 days but some villages celebrate it 10 days. Because of this it also looks like the New Year celebrations are a bit on different days, depending on village or area. The Hmong call it Nor Pae Jow and it is celebrated after their harvesting, end December or begin January. Depending on the village the celebrations can take up-to 10 days! A important part of the celebrations is to show & respect the cultural traditions of the Hmong authentic costumes and games to be played. The show of traditional costumes is a photographers paradis with a rainbow of colours. For more information about Nan province see Destination Travel Guide Nan.
This year (2019) they celebrate New Year from 9 to 12 January with local Hmong customs like the throwing of a small ball between girls and boys. We were in Pha Klang the first day and unfortunately it was a dark day with even a little bit rain, so it was not as spectacular as it would normally be. The ladies are wearing silver made jewellery what can be worth a year salary nowadays. In the small village in the mountains you will still see older people wearing the traditional cloths, that are all hand made by themselves. Hmong New Year is celebrated in December / January, but exact days change per year as it is a moon-calendar festival. It is celebrated at any Hmong villages in the mountains, but one of the main places is at Pha Klang, a village about 5 km from Pua in Nan province.
|Hmong New Year 2019 in Pha Klang, North Thailand|