Ha Nhi ethnic people,Lao Cai
The ritual is held annually during the spring. Three years after someone dies, family members visit the grave, cleaning it and preparing offerings for an outdoor ritual to be held in tribute to the ancestors.
Ha Nhi ethnic people,Lao Cai
The host family often visit the grave from early morning and makes preparations for the ritual.
Ha Nhi ethnic people,Lao Cai
A variety of different dishes and wine are then laid out on banana leaves. Following the prayer, the host family then burn incense on the grave.
Ha Nhi ethnic people,Lao Cai
Some are so moved to burst into tears while carrying out the ritual as they pay tribute to their ancestors.
Ha Nhi ethnic people,Lao Cai
The Ha Nhi believe that only after this ceremony when the grave of the deceased is renewed will their ancestors truly enjoy peace in the other world.
 
Ha Nhi ethnic people,Lao Cai
During the reverence ritual, all family members must don traditional Ha Nhi costumes.
Ha Nhi ethnic people,Lao Cai
Before they leave for home, family members enjoy a lunch in front of the grave, an act which shows the solidarity of the Ha Nhi ethnic people through various generations.

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