Hundreds of students, parents, and local leaders took part in this ceremony at Vang Pao Elementary School Saturday. Organizers called it the first annual, "Bringing Together the Future" event to highlight the Hmong culture and heritage.
It included a procession of Hmong students playing tradition instruments and a presentation about the Hmong New Year. Organizers say the goal is to include the community in the annual celebration.
"It's a great day, a great event for our students and younger folks," Blong Xiong said.
Several school district trustees and city officials dressed in traditional Hmong attire during Saturday's event.