|The Cay Neu (pole-erecting) ceremony has been held at the Hue Imperial Citadel in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.— Photo thethaovanhoa.vn
HUE (VNS) — The Cay Neu (pole-erecting) ceremony has been held at the Hue Imperial Citadel in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.
The ceremony, which dates back to the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), is a traditional activity that is held to celebrate the Tet (Lunar New Year) festival.
Phan Thanh Hai, general director of the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre that conducted the ceremony on Monday, said the revival of the Cay Neu ceremony was aimed at preserving a beautiful tradition in Viet Nam.
Traditionally, a Neu pole is erected inside the imperial city on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month to announce the arrival of Tet.
The 15m-tall bamboo pole was carried by 10 costumed soldiers in a procession from the Hien Nhon Gate through the Thai Hoa (Supreme Harmony) Palace till the Ancestral Temple, where it was erected against the backdrop of ceremonial music and smoke from the burning of incense.
The pole is also believed to ward off ghosts and demons from entering the community during Tet. It also seeks to show the way to ancestors who want to return home for the Lunar New Year holiday.
The pole will be taken down on the seventh day of the first lunar month to mark the end of the holiday. — VNS