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Pole erecting marks the coming of Tet

Vietnamese people in the old days put up tall bamboo poles with red garment strips hanging from them during Tet, believing that poles prevented ghosts and monsters from entering the community during the holiday. The tradition of raising the neu (or Tet) pole remains alive today in many villages and homes around the country.

Pole erecting marks the coming of Tet
Pole erecting marks the coming of Tet

Viet Nam News reporter Phuoc Buu captures scenes of the Tet pole-raising ceremony being re-enacted in the former Royal Palace in Hue today (February 11).