Bamboo pole put up in reminiscence of Tet in old days

Thursday, 2018-02-15 09:00:07
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Preparing the erection of the cay neu pole
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NDO - 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.

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.

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

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.

The cay neu pole is being moved to its intended spot.

The pole is adjusted so it fits into a hole dug into the ground.

Decorative items are hung on the cay neu pole.

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

Lime powder is spread near the cay neu pole.

A bow and arrow are drawn from lime powder to ward evil spirits away.

The cay neu pole is being raised.

The erection of the cay neu is finally completed.