The 11th lunar month is when the Hà Nhì minority group celebrate their traditional new year, known as Khụ Sự Chà. This is the time for people to relax, entertain, reunite and send best wishes for the new year. The holiday lasts for five days, after which the group starts planting the new crop. The village of Thu Lũm, in Mường Tè District, Lai Châu Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Quý Trung The group makes traditional food like sticky rice cakes, pork and chicken to offer to the ancestors to pray for favourable weather and bumper crops. People get up early to make food for the holiday. — VNA/VNS Photo Quý Trung There are just 22,000 people in the group scattered across 32 provinces and cities throughout the country. They reside mostly in the northern provinces of Lai Châu, Lào Cai and Điện Biên. Children and grandchildren visit their parents and grandparents to show respect and gratitude. — VNA/VNS Photo Quý Trung Xì Xá Xè, 79, who lives in Thu Lũm Village, Thu Lũm Commune, Mường Tè District, said the first night of the holiday is considered their New Year’s Eve. The next morning, people get up early to fetch water from the stream to make food and… Read full this story
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