A ceremony to plant Neu pole (a tall bamboo tree with red garment strips used to ward off evil spirits during Tet) was organised at Hue Imperial Citadel in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on February 8.
erected at Hue Imperial Citadel - Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
The 15-metre bamboo pole was carried by a group of men dressed as soldiers
under the Nguyen Dynasty in a procession from the Hien Nhon Gate through the
Thai Hoa Palace to arrive at the Ancestral Temple, where it was erected.
The erection of the Neu pole on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month marks the
beginning of Tet. It coincides with the day when the Kitchen Gods are believed
to ride carp fish to the Heaven to report on events from the past year.
During 143 years of reign (1802 – 1945), the Nguyen Dynasty held an annual
ceremony to plant the Neu pole at the Imperial Citadel. The pole carries ritual
items on its top, like a royal seal, a paper scroll and pen, which imply that
the royal court stopped working during Tet.
The Neu pole is also believed to ward off ghosts and demons from entering the
community during Tet. It would also direct ancestors seeking the path home for
the Lunar New Year holiday. The custom is also practised in some Asian
countries besides Vietnam.
It will be taken down on the seventh day of the first lunar month to mark the
end of the Tet celebration.
Also on the day, the Hue Relics Preservation Centre held a Tet programme, which
offers visitors a chance to listen to nha nhac (Hue royal court music), folk
games, and watch a competition to make Chung cake (a cake made from glutinous
rice traditionally dedicated to Tet).
A series of cultural and art activities, on the theme of ‘Spring in all regions of the country’, will be held at the Vietnam National Villages For Ethnic Culture And Tourism in Son Tay District, Hanoi on February 24-25.
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(HBO) – In order to celebrate the 88th anniversary of the foundation of the Communist Party of Vietnam (3/2/1930 - 3/2/2018) and to celebrate the New Year of 2018, the People's Committee of Luong Son District held an Exchanging Performance Night with the theme "Full Belief with the Party".
The annual Spring Calligraphy Festival will be held at the Literature Lake, a part of the Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) on February 9-25.
(HBO) - The Dao ethnic people have their own language, but their writing is being lost. In order to preserve and develop the indigenous knowledge of the nation, Ly Van Henh, in Cao Son commune (Da Bac), who understands the language, the writing and preserves many ancient Dao books, has opened free classes to teach the local people to read and write the ancient Nom- Dao writing with an expectation of preserving and keeping the traditional culture of his ethnic nation.
A traditional Tet space, featuring a wide variety of traditional cultural activities, is underway in Hanoi’s Old Quarter from February 2 to 20, promising to offer visitors an opportunity to enjoy a traditional taste of Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year).