Hmong New Year celebrations

Ethnic Hmong girls walk in a Hmong New Year parade Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, in Nong Hoi Mai village near Chiang Mai, Thailand. The Hmong, who trace their roots back to China, have large populations in Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)

Contestants in a beauty pageant wait backstage during Hmong New Year celebrations. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)

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