Grigny, Saturday, November 12th. Young people marched through the Hmong traditional clothes.
We are discrete" smiled Longchiang Lyfoung, president of the Hmong Solidarity Association."This facet of Grigny is unknown" uses, as an aside, Philippe Rio Mayor (PCF) after wishing "sok di Pimay" good year in Lao in the text. Saturday, the Hmong community, a native ethnic group in Southeast Asia, mainly Laos, celebrated its new year.
"We follow the lunar calendar," says Felix Moua, president of the association Hmong harmony. This corresponds to the end of the rice harvest in November and throughout December, we rest. "Longchiang continues:" This is the only holiday that we have in our calendar. "Sixty families still living in Grigny.
A "gling gling gling" Standing flat in Sidney Bechet room.It's the sound that make the many pieces attached to traditional clothing. One of the organizers fun: "Young people do not want to dress like that, we had a little stress." On stage, they parade. Earlier, boys and girls playing ball, traditional Hmong way to get acquainted."They sent him and it creates a link," explains Felix Moua.
About two hundred people attended the festival, including members of the Lao royal family. For Grigny was the entry point of the Diaspora when the first refugees arrived in France in the late 1970s "there was room at the Grande Borne on housing" continues Longchiang.
The Hmong have left Laos because they were persecuted by the new communist power. During the Indochina War, they fought alongside the French. During the Vietnam War, they helped Americans. Ironically, it is in a communist bastion they settled in Ile-de-France. A young woman Hmong who chose to study this diaspora remark: "Our people do not see that aspect. This is not the same communism. What they see are the French in general who helped them when they needed it. "