|Iconic pole: A costumed soldier completes the final stage of the pole erecting ceremony in Hue. — VNS Photo Y Nhi
THUA THIEN-HUE (VNS)— Hue Monuments Conservation Centre re-enacted the Tet pole erecting ceremony that was once held in the former Royal Palace during the Nguyen Dynasty reign (1802-1945).
The ceremony yesterday was conducted using costumed soldiers and mandarins, who carried a long bamboo tree and ritual items, required for the ceremony, from Hien Nhon Gate to the Long An Palace.
As a common Tet tradition, people erect a tall bamboo pole, which is called cay neu, in front of village communal houses or pagodas, believing the poles prevent ghosts and monsters from entering the communities during the holidays.
People also believed that the poles would direct ancestors seeking the path home for the Lunar New Year holiday.
Some families also erect a pole in front of their house to drive the past year's bad luck away and welcome good luck for the new year.
Maintaining this tradition can be seen in many localities around the country, as well as among different ethnic groups in Viet Nam.
The setting up and taking down of the pole marks the beginning and ending of Tet. — VNS