The Hmong people will soon celebrate their biggest festival of the year, the Hmong New Year.
This promises to be a vibrant celebration for the Hmong people, who are one of the largest ethnic groups living in Northern Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.
The celebration occurs after the harvest season, at the end of the twelfth lunar calendar month, and the timing depends largely on the harvesting of rice.
Celebrations tend to take place in early December, and the festival must last for at least three days, as the Hmong people believe it’s bad luck to end a celebration on an even number. This is both a social and religious event, and celebrations have been known to last as long as a month and a half!
This is one of the only times that Hmong people can take a break from farming, while enjoying traditional food, performances, dances, games and events. People wear their best embroidered clothes (which they may have spent all year preparing) and even watch bullfights in some regions.
Teenage boys and girls also have the opportunity to participate in a ball-throwing, courtship game, which serves as way for them to get to know each other, as they toss the ball back and forth.
The Hmong New Year showcases the unique Hmong culture and history – revolving around the theme of giving thanks to spirits and ancestors, while heralding in a new beginning.
When it comes to food, fresh steamed rice is a staple for Hmong people, and it’s usually eaten with vegetables, hot pepper and meat. Many spices and herbs are used in Hmong cuisine, including lemongrass, garlic, mint, ginger, soy sauce, oyster sauce, green onions and cilantro.
Wok on Inn dishes reflect the diversity of Hmong cuisine, by providing an array of Southeast Asia flavours. Our Chilli Basil Noodles are made from our homemade paste – lemongrass, garlic and chillies tossed with soya and oyster sauce.
Oyster sauce is a big hit in Hmong cooking, so why not get stuck into one of our dishes that shows off this condiment, such as Chilli Jam Noodles? The bold flavour of our oyster sauce comes from 25 different ingredients, including garlic, ginger and five spice mixed with palm sugar and chilli jam.
Head down to your nearest Wok on Inn, or get delivery for a convenient and authentic meal. You can also order online!