The Hmong women wear the most colourful hats and
costumes for the New Year celebrations that see entire villages take part in
The Chiang Mai Mail is always thrilled to receive photos and stories of
interesting events from our readers. One of our most intrepid readers has
sent in these lovely photos of the Hmong New Year celebrations in Ban Mae Sa
Mai along with the following report;
costumes with embroidery, beading and flamboyant colours are the most
beautiful part of the entire New Year.
The Hmong New Year celebrations continue!
I rode out to Ban Mae Sa Mai, just off the Samoeng loop road, on 15th
January to join in the celebrations.
The village had arranged a three day and night festival during which wooden
cart racing, traditional ball tossing, food and game stalls and ‘a bit of
drinking’ was enjoyed by many thousands of visitors.
The highlight of the occasion was definitely the colourful display of
traditional Hmong costumes.
Men, women and children were all dressed in their finest and the result was
The mountain communities move their celebrations from village to village, so
the event will be held else-where next year. ‘Reader Ron’