My family is Hmong. My parents names are Boua chor Xiong and Soua Vang.
I have four sisters and three brothers, but now I have three sisters and
two brother in my house. Their names are Lee, Panga, Pahoua, Billy and
I'm going to talk about my family celebrations which are the Hmong New
Year and Christmas. For foodways, I'm going to tell you about noodles,
Hmong desserts, papaya salad, egg roll and spring roll.
My Family Celebrations
The Hmong New Year was on November 23 and 24 of this year (2001). Any
person could go there but usually Hmong people go there more. The Hmong
New Year was at the Alliant Energy Center. It was a huge place so that
all the Hmong could go and have fun there. They had foods, drinks, flowers,
toys, padao, clothes, and balls. There was stage because some people wanted
to dance for the New Year.
The people have Christmas on December the 25th. We have Christmas in
the US. Sometimes Santa Claus gave us presents. When it was time to open
presents, we opened presents. After we opened presents we will all say
"I got this. What did you get?" We played outside in the snow.
We watched some Christmas movies and ate candies. Sometimes we wanted
some special clothes so we went shopping for us. Sometimes we didn't get
what we wanted for Christmas. At the Bay View Center, we had to fill out
a form to get some presents. My brothers and sisters wished to get a toy
My family loves to and likes to celebrate every holiday and New Year.
My brothers and sisters can't wait until it is snowing because they liked
it when the snowflakes melt on their tongue. They sometimes build a horse,
dog, house, snowman, and a tree. On Christmas we put some candy canes
on our tree to make it beautiful so we could have fun celebrating Christmas.
Afterward, we will share what we've got from Christmas. Sometimes your
parents, Santa Claus, and friends gave each other some presents.
We need to have food every day or else we won't get energy. We have all
kinds of different foods. In the day, we have food and water. At home
we have vegetables, meat and rice. My family likes everything but not
all of the food because they didn't try that much food.
In the day, we also have noodles and Hmong desserts for dinner and breakfast.
The noodles we have are capoon, faur, and fried mee. You need meat, lime,
and curry peppers to make capoon. You need meat, cilantro, and onion to
make faur. You need oil, cilantro and peppers to make a fried mee. I like
all kinds of noodles. My mom puts the noodles in a box.
I have a Hmong dessert called nava. You will need sugar, coconut, milk,
We also eat egg rolls, spring rolls, and papaya salad. In the egg roll
you will need cabbage, noodle, carrots, onion, and pork. For papaya salad
you'll need tomatoes, salt, sugar, napa, lime, pepper, and garlic. For
spring roll you'll need meat and vegetables.
I think the most important thing to my family is foodways and celebrations
because if we don't have fun we will be bored and do nothing. Food helps
you grow bigger and helps each other out.