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Bamboo pole put up in reminiscence of Tet in old days

The age-old tradition of erecting a bamboo pole, known as cay neu, to celebrate the Lunar New Year has virtually gone, but recently the custom was revived in a village on the outskirts of Hanoi, bringing back memories of Tet in days bygone.

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Preparing the erection of the cay neu pole.

The cay neu pole is customarily put up on the Kitchen Gods Day, or the 23rd day of the last lunar month, in front of a home. The cay neu dispels evil spirits during the upcoming Lunar New Year.

Bamboo pole, Cay neu, reminiscence of Tet, old days, Lunar New Year, traditional culture, age-old tradition, Kitchen Gods Day

Young men in traditional attire are preparing to raise the pole.

Hanging on top of the cay neu pole, which is about five to six meters tall, were usually streamers, lanterns and chimes and other decorations.

Bamboo pole, Cay neu, reminiscence of Tet, old days, Lunar New Year, traditional culture, age-old tradition, Kitchen Gods Day

The cay neu pole is being raised.

Traditionally, a bow and an eastward arrow are drawn on the ground at the location of the pole as a charm to chase away the demons.

Source: NDO

Bamboo pole, Cay neu, reminiscence of Tet, old days, Lunar New Year, traditional culture, age-old tradition, Kitchen Gods Day
 
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