Anniversary rice tray Ancestry is considered one of the long-standing traditional customs of Vietnamese people. Every year on the day of the deceased's death, children and grandchildren in the family will prepare a tray of rice and offerings carefully and neatly. This is not only an opportunity to remember the deceased, but also a day for children and grandchildren in the family to gather. Therefore, homeowners need to prepare carefully and thoroughly. So what do you need for a death anniversary offering tray? Let's Long Phuong Porcelain Refer to how to make a simple and complete death anniversary tray below!

Full anniversary meal tray menu
Full anniversary meal tray menu

1. The profound meaning of the Vietnamese people's death anniversary tray 

The custom of worshiping ancestors of the Vietnamese people has become a cultural feature passed down from generation to generation. And the worship of ancestors, deceased family members, relatives is one of those customs. Anniversaries are the days for children and grandchildren to show mercy and remember their loved ones who have passed away. On this day, children and grandchildren will often come back and gather together. Therefore, it brings the good meaning of the anniversary. Whether the family has conditions or not, the owner will prepare the tray whether small or large. And the preparation steps for the anniversary tray will be basically the same.

The meaning of the tray of rice for anniversaries
The meaning of the tray of rice for anniversaries

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2. Summarize the simplest and most complete way of presenting delicious dishes

Depending on the custom, each place will have a different way of arranging the offering tray. You can refer to each region below

2.1 Suggestions for delicious dishes in the North

For the North, the custom will require details and meticulousness as follows: The tray of rice for the anniversary of the death placed on the altar will be divided into 3 positions, usually a dish but divided into 2 plates placed on both sides. Bowl of white rice, peeled boiled egg, cup of salt in the same place. In the middle of the altar is usually placed a plate of sticky rice, a plate of chicken and a cup of white wine. The other dishes were lined up all around. 

Rice tray for the death anniversary of the North
Rice tray for the death anniversary of the North

With the concept of four pillars, 4 seasons, 4 directions, the Northern feast is often decorated with dishes corresponding to 4 bowls and 4 plates. If the family is larger, it will be 6 bowls and plates or 8 bowls and plates. Plentiful food shows fullness and respect for deceased relatives or superiors. 

  • Boiled dishes: Boiled pork or boiled chicken, boiled eggs, ...
  • Soups: bamboo shoot soup, pumpkin soup,…
  • Sticky rice dishes: Gac sticky rice, peanut sticky rice, bean sticky rice
  • Stir-fried dishes: Stir-fried vermicelli with dried bamboo shoots, wood ear, stir-fried bean sprouts with chicken hearts, ...
  • Vegetable dishes: mannequin, boiled vegetables, salad
  • Desserts: jams or cakes

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2.2 Suggestions for delicious Southern dishes

The South has a simple and open lifestyle, different from the other two regions. So the tray of rice to worship the death anniversary of the Southern people is also somewhat simpler, not subject to the imposition of rules and regulations. The usual Southern tray has enough: stewed dishes, boiled dishes, stir-fried dishes and braised dishes. Depending on economic conditions will be prepared more decently and fully.

Rice tray for the Southern anniversary
Rice tray for the Southern anniversary
  • Stock dishes: usually pork, snakehead fish braised in coconut water (with bold southern flavor)
  • Stir-fried meal: Stir-fried cabbage, sauteed radish…
  • Boiled food: Thinly sliced ​​pork belly, chicken,..
  • Stewed food: Stewed pork with bamboo shoots, stewed bones with vegetables..

2.3. Suggestions for the tray of rice to worship the death anniversary of the Central region

For the Central region due to the influence of Hue royal culture, especially for Hue people, the preparation of the rice tray for the death anniversary needs to be sophisticated and thoughtful compared to the people in the North and the South. The Central region will usually have the following dishes:

The tray of rice for the death anniversary of the Central region
The tray of rice for the death anniversary of the Central region
  • The soups include: Bitter gourd soup stuffed with meat, Beef stewed root soup, Bone bamboo shoot soup, Noodle soup, ..
  • Boiled dishes include: Boiled Pork, Boiled Chicken…
  • Stir-fry dishes include: Stir-fried cove beans, Mixed stir-fry
  • Fried and grilled dishes include: Fried shrimp, Fried fish, Fried spring rolls

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3. What does the tray of rice for the death anniversary include in 3 days?

The rice tray for the anniversary of each region is different in terms of menu. Here is a summary of the 3 menu domains:

3.1 Rice tray for the North's death anniversary

Suggested menu 1 (10 dishes, for a family of 4-6 people)

  • Boiled chicken
  • Gac sticky rice
  • Rice
  • Boiled eggs
  • Spring rolls 
  • Dried bamboo shoots stewed pork leg soup
  • Fried spring rolls
  • Fried shrimp 
  • Vermicelli cooked with pork bones, wood ear
  • Stir-fried chicken heart with bean sprouts
Suggestions for a menu of rice trays for the anniversary
Suggestions for a menu of rice trays for the anniversary

Menu 2 (12 dishes, family of 6-8 people)

  • Mixed salad
  • Boiled Pork
  • Gac sticky rice
  • Chung cake
  • Stir-fried bean sprouts with chicken hearts
  • Roast pork
  • Spring rolls
  • Fried shrimp with lemon leaves
  • Rice
  • Boiled eggs
  • Pumpkin soup with bones
  • Stir-fried beans with meat

Menu 3 (11 dishes, for a family of 4-6 people)

  • Boiled chicken
  • Stewed bamboo shoot soup with pork bones
  • Spring rolls 
  • Boiled young cucumber
  • Fried breaded fish
  • Sticky rice with peanuts or sticky rice
  • Grilled pig
  • Cooked carrot potato soup
  • Stir-fried buffalo meat with celery
  • Rice
  • Boiled eggs
  • Fried breaded shrimp

3.2 Rice tray for the Southern death anniversary

Southern rice trays will often have typical dishes such as braised duck meat or braised snakehead fish 

A tray of rice to worship the anniversary with typical Southern dishes
A tray of rice to worship the anniversary with typical Southern dishes

Reference menu:

  • Braised duck meat or snakehead fish in coconut water
  • Boiled pork belly
  • Bamboo shoot soup with pork stew
  • Mixed fried vegetables
  • Fried shrimp
  • Spring rolls
  • Salty and sour fried dishes

3.3 The tray of rice for the death anniversary of the Central region

The menu in the Central region is quite diverse, decorated elaborately and eye-catching, especially in Hue

A full tray of rice for the death anniversary in the Central region
A full tray of rice for the death anniversary in the Central region

Suggested menu 1

  • Boiled duck meat
  • Grilled chicken
  • Chicken salad with laksa leaves, salt and pepper
  • Thinly sliced ​​boiled pork
  • Vegetables
  • Roast pork
  • Stuffed bitter melon soup
  • nem cha
  • Mackerel stocked with water
  • Fried shrimp with lemongrass 
  • Stir-fried chickpeas
  • Carrot salad
  • Chicken cooked with é leaves

Suggested menu 2

  • Bread
  • Grilled beef
  • Boiled chicken
  • Shrimp rim
  • Stewed tuber soup with meat 
  • Fried chicken with lemongrass and chili
  • Braised pork with tofu
  • Pork bologna
  • Dip calves
  • Grilled marinated pork
  • Beef salad, salad
  • French fries
  • White beans
  • Stir-fried sushi rice
  • Stewed dried bamboo shoot soup

4. Notes when preparing a tray of rice for an anniversary

4.1 For death anniversary offerings

In the death anniversary ceremony, there are basic rules that we need to follow to show respect and devotion to our ancestors and gods. Here are some important rules:

  • Do not taste the food before offering
  • Avoid raw or fishy-smelling foods
  • Rice, rice, salt are indispensable
  • Separate set of dishes for worship: To create solemnity and respect during the worship ceremony, there should be a separate set of dishes for worship. These dishes should not be used for purposes other than offerings.
  • Do not use canned goods as worship items.
Notes on death anniversary offerings

4.2 For serving trays for guests

When preparing a feast to entertain guests, we need to follow some important principles and notes to create an enjoyable meal that meets the hospitality and respect of guests. Here are the basic rules:

  • Arrange dishes neatly and cleanly
  • Adequate dishes and eating utensils: The dinner tray for guests should have all the necessary dishes and utensils such as dishes, chopsticks, spoons, bowl lids, and napkins.
  • Quality and placement of food: Make sure the food is prepared with good quality and taste. Arrange dishes so that there is variety and balance between foods, from main dishes to desserts.
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Note on the tray for entertaining guests

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5. Instructions on how to arrange a death anniversary offering tray

The Northern, Central, and Southern regions of the country, despite their diversity in culture and customs, when it comes to the rice offering ceremony, they all share the same respect and appreciation for traditional values. To create a solemn death anniversary meal and honor ancestors, here are some basic notes:

  • Choose matching dishes: To make the altar harmonious and aesthetic, you should use bowls, plates, bowls, and furniture of the same set, the same color, and with similar patterns.
  • Arrange salt bowls, rice bowls and incense offerings: Place a bowl of salt and a bowl of rice along with a place to put incense in front of the death anniversary offering table. This shows gratitude and respect for the basic ingredients of life.
cách bày trí mâm cơm cúng giỗ
Arrange main dishes and side dishes appropriately
  • Arrange main dishes in the center: Important dishes such as soups, stews, and meat dishes should be placed in the middle of the death anniversary table. Other dishes should be arranged around them.
  • Northern, Central and Southern rice presentation styles: Depending on the region, there are different styles in how to display death anniversary offerings. In the North, people often scoop rice into small bowls and use 5 bowls of rice and 5 pairs of chopsticks to place on the offering table. During the process of scooping rice, only scoop the rice into the bowl once. Meanwhile, in the Central and Southern regions, rice is often placed in a bowl or plate, with 6 bowls of rice and 6 pairs of chopsticks neatly arranged for worship.
  • Place votive paper (if any): If you have votive paper, put it on a small tray and place it next to the death anniversary table to honor your family and ancestors.
chuẩn bị mâm cơm cúng giỗ
How to arrange a full and beautiful tray

6. Prayer text on death anniversary day

I bow to the nine directions of Heaven, the ten directions of Buddhas, and the ten directions of Buddhas.

I respectfully bow to His Majesty Thien Hau Earth and all the Venerable Gods.

I respectfully bow to Mr. Dong Tru Tu, the Kitchen God of the Than Quan Palace.

I respectfully bow to the Gods and Earthlings who govern this land.

I respectfully bow to my paternal and maternal ancestors………………………………………………….

My trustee (we) is……………………………………Age………………………

Living at………………………………………………………………………………….

Today is day ………month ………year………………………… (m calendar).

It is the main day of Cat Ky of …………………………………………………………………

Think…………………. far away from the world, not seeing any negative content.

Year after year, month after day comes. Thanks to the extreme view of the sky and sea, the meaning of birth will never be forgotten. The more you remember the gratitude that created the karma, the more deeply you feel it, without showing it off.

On Cat Ky Day, today we and our entire family and descendants sincerely buy areca nuts, betel leaves, camellia flower incense, light incense sticks to offer before the court, and sincerely invite………………………… …………………………………

Lost date ……..month…….year………………………… (lunar calendar).

The grave is buried at …………………………………………………………………………………………………

I pray that the sacred spirit descends to the spirit, to witness the sincerity, to enjoy the offerings, to provide the children and grandchildren with peace and prosperity, all good things, and a prosperous family life.

I would also like to respectfully invite the Ancestors of my family, Patriarchs, Patriarchs, Ba Thucs, Brothers, Aunts, Sisters and all the souls of fellow ancestors to enjoy.

I would like to respectfully invite Mr. Tho Cong, Tao Quan and the Spirit Gods to come and enjoy it.

The faithful invited the spirits of the Former and Late Lords of this house and this land to come and enjoy it together.

We bow with sincerity and pray for blessings and protection.

Phuc Duy warns!

bày mâm cúng giỗ tổ tiên
Prayer text on death anniversary day

7. Suggest a suitable set of dishes for the death anniversary feast

As noted above, do not use utensils that have not been washed or used daily for worshiping activities. Therefore, Long Phuong Porcelain suggests to families suitable sets of dishes, dedicated to the tray of rice to worship the anniversary.

7.1 Set of twisted leaf dishes for death anniversary offerings

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Set of Twisted Leaf Plates for anniversaries

Tet of Twisted Leaf Plates for anniversaries Including twisted leaf plate, soup bowl, rice bowl, ladle and spoon folded with flowers to create a connection, a cozy harmony space on a Vietnamese family rice tray. Set of dishes with durable, shiny white porcelain. The twisted leaf plates are designed with precise ridges, adding to the aesthetics of the table. Fired twice at 1380 to remove all harmful impurities.

7.2 An Nhien dinnerware set with 13 death anniversary offerings

 An Nhien dish set with 13 dishes for the anniversary
An Nhien dish set with 13 dishes for the anniversary

An Nhien gift dish set Long Phuong high-class white porcelain is a set of products inspired by leaves symbolizing nature, blending into heaven and earth. With 4 deep leaf plates, 4 24cm deep leaf plates, 1 bowl of number 4 (with lid), 6 rice bowls 4.4″, 1 salt and pepper 2 (8cm) and 1 bowl of fish sauce are very suitable for a tray of rice offerings placed on the altar . Products are manufactured on high-tech lines, materials are imported from abroad to bring high degree of safety and absolute safety for users.

7.3 Set of Hoa Tram dishes for death anniversary offerings

Melaleuca flower dish set inspired by classic Melaleuca green. This is also a very popular color in classic patterns. Therefore, the use of such traditional dishes is very suitable with the activities of worshiping the anniversary of the death.

Hoa Tram dish set for an anniversary
Hoa Tram dish set for an anniversary

7.4 Luc Phien tableware set for death anniversary offerings

Luc Phien dish set At Long Phuong high-class porcelain store, the idea is from the fan shape, which is a means of expressing the charm and tenderness of women. At the same time, it is a symbol of wisdom and power. The fan spread implies the direction of wholeness and fullness. Fan in Sino-Vietnamese is called Phien, the same sound as Thien, meaning good, good. Luc Phien tableware includes 22 items: 06 11″ fan plates, 06 4.4″ rice bowls, 06 hole spoons, 01 cupped bowl, 01 straight ladle.

 Luc Phien dinnerware set for the anniversary
Luc Phien dinnerware set for the anniversary

The fan-shaped plates are the first impression you notice in this tableware. The set has 6 rice bowls, enough for a tray of Tet rice for the whole family, everyone gathers and gathers. The meal presented on this set of dishes will become new and attractive, creating excitement for everyone to also sit at the table to eat together.

7.5 Cuu Long flower bowl and plate set for death anniversary offerings

 Cuu Long flower dish set for anniversary
Cuu Long flower dish set for anniversary

Tableware 8 items with flower A01 With a classic blue flower pattern, it is very suitable for the tray of rice to worship the anniversary. The deep blue color highlights the food inside, while retaining the floral lines at the edge of the bowl and plate. A set of traditional dishes set aside for anniversaries or burning incense will show the filial piety of the children and grandchildren in the house.

Suggest Collection of flower-shaped cups and plates suitable for death anniversary offerings

8. Where to buy good quality, good price, bowls and plates to offer for death anniversary offerings?

Not only the quality of the food, you also need to pay attention to the presentation of the dish to get a quality anniversary tray. So where to buy quality dishes at a reasonable price? Look for Long Phuong Porcelain – a 20-year-experienced porcelain brand. With a heating temperature of 1380 degrees Celsius - the highest temperature on the market today. With strict quality control process of input materials, all are made from refined clay and kaolin. Products of Long Phuong Porcelain ensure aesthetics, quality and safety for consumers' health.

So up here Long Phuong Porcelain has revealed the menu with notes so you can prepare tray of rice for anniversaries Simple and complete. Let's do this together during the upcoming Tet and Spring days to score points in the eyes of your family.

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