H.O.P.E, which stands for Hmong Opportunity Program for Education, is an organization that promotes higher education for high school and college student within the Hmong community. On Tuesday, November 20th, H.O.P.E hosted its 4th annual Hmong Culture Show. The show kicked off at noon in the main quad at Sacramento City College.

All of the seats in the quad were filled and there were quite a lot of people crowded around the stage. The show started off with a few talent acts, including singing and the playing of some traditional Hmong musical instruments like the Qeej (pronounced GHLENG), which is an L-shaped configuration of bamboo pipes.

Just before the fashion show, the audience was treated to an impromptu singing performance in the Hmong’s native language while the organizers dealt with some minor technical difficulties.

It was the colorful fashion that truly stole the show. As traditional Hmong music played, members of H.O.P.E. began to strut across the stage. Young ladies wore an assortment of traditional Hmong clothing which included an array of colors. Young men also wore vibrant clothing covered in beads and small pieces of metal.

“This show gave the crowd a true feel for the Hmong culture,” said Kim, a current Sacramento City College student who attended the event. Check out the gallery below to see some photos from the culture show.