Hmong students to celebrate heritage Saturday in annual festival

Britt Johnsen

The Hmong Minnesota Student Association will host its fifth annual Heritage Day celebration Saturday on the St. Paul campus.

“It’s a way for us to show the (University) what our heritage is about and lets us show our cultural spirit,” said sophomore Eddie Lee, a member of the association.

The celebration will be at the St. Paul Student Center’s North Star Ballroom. Activities, which begin at 10 a.m., include a play about a girl who does not understand her Hmong culture, a fashion show featuring Hmong dresses and a musical performance with various Hmong singers and dancers. There will also be two motivational speakers, one who is a local author. There will be a dance at the ballroom from 7 to 11 p.m.

Lee said he expects about 500 people to attend, which is usual for this event.

“It’s our biggest event this semester,” Lee said. “It takes a long time to prepare, and we’re all excited.”