Yosefina Tumanan, a resident of the remote Toraja region of Indonesia's island of Sulawesi, was thrilled to see her sister-in-law.
"You look so beautiful!" Tumanan told the skeletal remains of her relative who has been dead for six years.
Keeping the tradition alive for future generations is an important responsibility, said Renolt Patrian, a 21-year-old studying to be a mining engineer.
"When I have a job and earn money, I will not give up the tradition," he said after visiting his great-grandmother who died last month in the family home.
Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor