The Hmong peoples in Thailand exist in just 12 villages.
Unlike most other hill tribes in northern Thailand, these villages are in
close proximity to each other, all located in Chiang Mai Province. This has
traditionally given them more opportunity for community celebrations and
gatherings. One major event is New Year, or Noj Peb Caus, and is held in a
different village each year. This year’s festival takes place at the Nong
Hoi Kao village in the Mae Ram sub-district, Mae Rim district.
The Hmong New Year begins on January’s full moon, which
this year will be on the 7th. For five to seven days before the event, the
people conduct several ceremonies based on their animist beliefs, but the
last day, the full moon, is reserved for fun and entertainment.
Imagine 5,000 Hmong hilltribe people gathered in their
traditional best colorful pants and skirts adorned with decorative beads and
sashes. They will be eating, drinking, singing, and best of all - playing
unique competitive games. These events include the water carrying
competition, rice grain races, egg throwing competitions, spinning top
contests, crossbow archery competitions and Hmong style badminton.
The most excitement during the games revolves around the
wooden cart race. Race cars fashioned from wooden carts used for hauling
produce can be a great source of fun and excitement, where Hmong boys and
men will race against members of the Lisor, Engor, and Muser hilltribes.
These events are sponsored by the Royal Project Foundation, the Tourism
Authority of Thailand (TAT), and the Red Bull brand (Krathingdaeng) energy
For further information on how to attend Noj Peb Caus,
contact 06 917 3105, 06 917 3106 or check the website