Black Hà Nhì (they dress in black) people in Lao Chải village, Bát Xát district, about 70km from Lào Cai city. View from air, Lao Chải lies in between mountains and grass hills, with houses that look like colossal mushrooms on all sides, at 2,660m above the sea-level.
Photo: Như Văn
Besides house-style, traditional costumes help the ethnologists to tell the difference between Hà Nhì Đen and Hà Nhì Trắng (black and white here means they dress black and white). Black Hà Nhì makes dress in blacks, with a button on the chest while females’ costumes have round collar, the black of the shirts are made in triangles, the hats are decorated with coins or cotton-balls in colours both to beautify and to keep away evils. Black Hà Nhì females always have a bamboo-basket at their backs to carry wood or vegetables. During the meals, food are put on a tray “Hà Chì”, a traditional one made of bamboo or rattan, women take their meals after men. Visitors to the village are able to enjoy the traditional musics of boys and girls playing the game “hire and seek in a blanket” and exchange songs overnight even after the festival, the boy can bring the girl they played with to their home and marry her.
Hà Nhì ethnic people have many holidays in a year: New-year days, children’s holiday, moon holidays, khù lê khê or
holidays... and the most important one is in lunar November. Black Hà Nhì people consider forest to be their mother who breed and feed them and every year, in March they worship the forest. Ga Ga
Don’t forget to visit Lao Chải village to discover and understand more the habit and customs of Black Hà Nhì people.
source : http://www.vtr.org.vn/vtr.php?ml=923&pid=878