Local Hmong Community Celebrates the New YearLoading
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    Ericka Vang 5, left, Iris Lor 3, and Sadie Vang 6 of north Sacramento during the Hmong New Year celebration at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Saturday, November 30, 2013. The Hmong New Year celebrates a unique cultural identity and helps to preserve Hmong customs and traditions. It is one of the few places where traditional Hmong clothes, music, and dances are observed..
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    Ethan Lo 4, left, and his sister Darlene Lo 6 of Natomas share some candy during the Hmong New Year celebration at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
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    Kalel Xiong 3 and his grandmother Yer Moua of Sacramento enjoy the Hmong New Year celebration at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
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    Competing in the self designed portion of a pageant, Xai Vang entertains during the Hmong New Year celebration at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
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    Tswyee Vue of Elk Grove prepares backstage for a pageant during the Hmong New Year celebration at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
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    Xia Yang of north Sacramento catches a ball during the Hmong New Year celebration at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Saturday, November 30, 2013. Tossing a ball back and forth is a traditional Hmong activity performed as a social icebreaker.
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    Taichiming Zhang of Fresno plays a musical instrument called a 'Ghing' during the Hmong New Year celebration at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
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    Melody Chang 5 of south Sacramento\ explores a rack full of merchandise during the Hmong New Year celebration at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
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    Choua Kong wears silver necklaces during the Hmong New Year celebration at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
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    Detail of a dress worn by Choua Kong during the Hmong New Year celebration at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
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    Elaine Xiong 13, left, and Bhu Yang 15 of Sacramento during the Hmong New Year celebration at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
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    Charlie Moua 14, left, and Kimberly Xiong 14 share a moment during the Hmong New Year celebration at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
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    Bee Vue, left, Mai Vang, Sai Thao, and True Lor during the Hmong New Year celebration at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
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    Food warms during the Hmong New Year celebration at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
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    Nelly Vang 7, left, and Maisee Thao 5 order soup during the Hmong New Year celebration at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
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    TseemTub Ntxhais Hmoob Dancers Jaclyn Xiong 17, left, Patang Vang 18, and Ia Vang 23 of Fresno prepare for a performance during the Hmong New Year celebration at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
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    Food vendor Mai Vue greets customers during the Hmong New Year celebration at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
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