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The wedding traditions of Phu La ethnic people

The Phu La ethnic minority, who live in the northern province of Lao Cai, still have unique wedding traditions.


The Phu La ethnic minority, who live in the northern province of Lao Cai, still have unique wedding traditions.

The villages of the Phu La are located in the high mountains of Nam Det Commune, in Bac Ha District.

After a couple decides to marry, the groom's family will go to the bride's family to ask for a wedding.

On the day of wedding ceremony, the groom's family brings 50 litres of wine, 50 kilogrammes of pork, 120 kilogrammes of rice, a set of clothes and a set of silver jewelry. The group will be led to the bride's house by the matchmaker.

The matchmakers of both families talk in planning for the wedding.

The bride's parents give their daughter six sets of clothes, a silver  bracelet, shoes along with their best wishes and advice.

The couple will bow to the ancestors before the matchmakers ask the bride's family to help her get on a horse headed to the groom's home.

Phu La people often hold their wedding ceremonies during the transitional months between two years.

Đoàn nhà trai bê lễ vật sang nhà gái 

The groom's family brings offerings

Nhà gái nhận lễ vật 

The bride's family receive the offerings

Cô dâu bịt mặt khi về nhà trai 

The bride covers her face

Cô dâu, chú rể quỳ lạy gia đình nhà gái 

The couple bow to their ancestors

Đại diện nhà gái giúp cô dâu lên ngựa về nhà trai 

Getting on the horse

Trên đường rước dâu 

Going back to the groom's home

Ông bà thông gia bắt tay nhau, mừng cho cô dâu chú rể 

The two families cheer

Bà con xóm bản đến chung vui 

Neighbours come to share the happy day

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