Neu pole installed at Hue Imperial Citadel to welcome Lunar New Year

NDO – A Neu pole, a tall bamboo tree with red garment strips used to dispel evil spirits during Tet (Lunar New Year) festival, was erected at Hue Imperial Citadel in Thua Thien-Hue province on January 28.


The installation of the tree is a traditional ritual practice of the Vietnamese people to mark the beginning of Tet.

The 15-metre long bamboo pole was carried out by a group of 10 men who were dressed in the uniform of soldiers under the Nguyen Dynasty.

They were accompanied by a guard of honour and a band of royal court music to join a procession from Hien Nhon gate through Thai Hoa Palace to arrive at the Ancestral Temple, where emperors of the Nguyen dynasty are worshipped.

Two other Neu pole were also installed at Trieu Mieu and Long An temples at the Imperial Citadel at the same time.

Also on the occasion, the Hue Relics Preservation Centre hosted a programme offering visitors a string of activities, including royal games, calligraphy and martial arts performances, traditional dragon and lion dances, and a chung (square) cake making contest.